Family members and friends often provide unpaid eldercare – and it is surprising how often that is adult children. There may be a progression of care from one type to another. Duration of care varies but 36% of men and 41% of women who use paid care use it for 5 years or more. The lifetime cost of care to all payors including insurance, government sources and private payors averages $277,900 for women and $200,400 for men, although there is a wide range, with many paying less or more than the average. One of the reasons that women may require more care is they generally live longer than men. For all individuals, these statistics highlight the need for a care plan.