The cost of caregiving: ‘A sacrifice for our entire family’

December 1, 2017

Washington Post (December 1)

The cost of caregiving: ‘A sacrifice for our entire family’

Her experience matches those of millions of Americans who provide care for an aging or disabled parent. About 17 percent of adult children take care of their parents at some point in their lives, according to a report from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

Once they become caregivers, adult children are likely to commit a substantial amount of time — about 77 hours on average each month — to looking after their relatives, the researchers found. For people who provide round-the-clock care, the commitment is even greater.



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