Tips on caring for an aging parent

Caregiving for an aging parent can entail many tasks, responsibilities and conversations. Read on for tips on how to help manage the load.

As the population ages, more caregivers are stepping up to meet their growing needs. If you have an older family member, you might be the one who cares for them — or might soon be caring for them. If so, you’re not alone.

More than 20 percent (that’s 53 million adult Americans) of caregivers are unpaid family members.

Caregiving can encompass everything from grocery shopping and preparing meals to managing medications and doctor appointments. And so much more.

Support options

Thankfully, there are many avenues of long-term care support available. And that’s a good thing since 7 in 10 people who reach age 65 (and are expected to live for another 20 years) will need some form of it.

 

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