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Odds are it happened slowly: Mom, who never forgets a birthday, failed to call on your special day. She keeps retelling the same stories during your weekly phone chats or sometimes forgets you spoke at all.
And then, before you know it, you’re like the majority of caregivers, who spend an average of 20 hours a week bringing a parent to medical appointments, cooking them meals, or filling prescriptions. And your schedule is likely already more than stuffed with your own kids’ schedules and career demands. Or maybe you had just begun settling into your newly empty nest when Dad took the fall that changed everything.
Either way, you are far from alone. An estimated 65.7 million Americans call themselves caregivers. And if you’re not looking after Mom or Dad yet, odds are you will someday: By 2050, the number of people over age 65 is expected to more than double, to 86.5 million.
With demands on your time and—often more important—your emotions and family dynamics, taking care of an older relative isn't easy, but knowing a few things about the process ahead of time can make for smoother sailing down the road. Here is some advice to help you make smart choices for your parents’ possible future needs and manage better the challenges you may be facing now as a caregiver.
Take Care and Stay Healthy!
Debbie Carroll, Founder
The Senior Sage