Thursday, July 11, 2019
I've blogged a number of times on the variety of issues regarding caregivers and caregiving. A recent article in the New York Times presents an interesting perspective. At 75, Taking Care of Mom, 99: We Did Not Think She Would LiveThis Long discusses what the article describes as
“a growing phenomenon: Children in their 60s and 70s who are spending their retirement years caring for parents who are in their 90s and beyond.”
The article quotes one expert who describes this as “aging together” and this parental longevity has forced the caregiver child to redefine his or her retirement plans. The article recommends ways for caregivers to take care of themselves and manage stress and discusses the importance of doing a cost-analysis “[t]o figure out what’s financially doable, it may help to seek professional advice. An accountant will calculate tax breaks for home care and other services. Local senior programs could offer guidance on free and reduced-cost programs, including counseling for burned-out caregivers.”
Thanks to my colleague and dear friend, Professor Mark Bauer, for sending me the link to this article.