More and More Adults Acting as Caregivers to Aging Loved Ones
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on June 22, 2013 @ 7:25PM
Created on June 22, 2013 @ 5:55PM
A new study found four in 10 adults will care for a loved one suffering from poor health.
This is a 30% jump from three years ago. The study found 75% of adults over 65 years old suffer from chronic conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease, which may be why they need the extra help.
Those between the ages of 30 and 64 are the ones most likely to provide care. A majority of caregivers are college-educated, married, and employed full time. The study said as the senior citizen population grows, care giving is likely to become more of a common role than ever before.
Lewis County resident and senior citizen Charles Keen said, "It's surprising. That's the first I've heard of it, and it really surprises me there's that many people helping. I think a lot of it has to do with economic conditions. It's a different world now."
Both men and women are equally as likely to become care givers.
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