Whether you blame it on an aging population, the economic downturn, or simply that people are living longer, it seems more and more of us are now caring for a relative. While this is not anything new, the numbers are becoming very serious, going from 30% in 2010 to 39% in 2012 and chances are they’ll just keep going up. Back in the day, when most families had an adult already staying home, this wasn’t as big a deal, but with most families having two working adults or more, this places a great deal more stress on caregivers, finances, families, and the infirm.
It would make a great deal of sense if healthcare policies, employers and society began to recognize that this issue is going to need to be addressed in a way that will help those in need while not penalizing those who choose to help. Family is critical to all successful people and societies so anything that hurts family hurts us all.
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