The generalities won't be a surprise -- who's doing the caregiving (women mostly), conditions requiring care (old age and dementia) and the ultimate effects on the caregivers (over time, an increasing health toll). But, as always, the specifics are illuminating.
- The average caregiver's age is 48.
- One-third of caregivers take care of more than one person.
- Caregivers have had this role for an average of 4.6 years.
For caregivers looking for a bit of support, there's Family Caregiving 101. It begins with a Top 10 Questions list of frequent queries...
Each offers resources, information and the reassurance that, though it may seem so, caregivers are not alone.
-- Tami Dennis
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