From The Wall Street Journal – The Hidden Cost of Caregiving

by Marilou Long on December 22, 2010

in Recommended Reading

Many of my friends and clients are taking care of both children and elderly parents. People are living longer and having children at an older age, so this is the natural outcome. I had young children when my mother was ill, and I didn’t take care of myself. Exercise was always at the bottom of the list of things that had to get done. I learned my lesson when I almost keeled over during a long hike on a very hot August day, and I started to take care of myself again.

I thought that this article from the Wall Street Journal made several good points if you are helping to take care of a parent.  From the article:

“But there are other difficult-to-detect costs that come along with the role of caregiver. Among white-collar workers, for example, 11% of caretakers say they “almost always” feel stressed at home compared to 7% of non-caregivers, according to a 2010 study of employees by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the MetLife Mature Market Institute. “The impacts can have a cascade effect” on a caregiver, says Marc Agronin, a geriatric psychiatrist and the author of “How We Age.” The stress and physical demands can bring about higher medical expenses and career roadblocks for anyone tending to another person, he adds.”

Read more: 4 Hidden Costs of Caregiving – SmartMoney.com http://www.smartmoney.com/personal-finance/elder-care/4-hidden-costs-of-caregiving-1292975834906/#ixzz18r8sWn3X

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