Family Caregivers Doing More, Sacrificing More




Despite a boom in assisted living and elder-care services, family members still handle most of the daily care-giving for older relatives. These "jobs" are worth $ $450 billion nationwide, according to a new report from AARP, affecting caregivers' health and financial security as they juggle these responsibilities.

About 90 percent of the in-home care needed by older adults is provided by family members, according to the report, which adds that as people live longer and families are smaller, there are fewer relatives to pitch in. And those who do often neglect their own needs lead to an average of over $300,000 in lost income and benefits over the caregiver's lifetime.

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