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Caregivers taking on more complex medical tasks

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Just listening to Irene Ingemi describe the patchwork system of friends, family, and part-time day-care services she’s stitched together to help her care for her frail mother-in-law at her Norwood home is exhausting.

The 90-year-old broke her hip last fall and since then has become incontinent, needs a walker to get around, takes seven pills daily, and is having increasing memory problems.

Ingemi is hardly alone. With reduced funding for home-based services to help ease the burden, and mounting economic pressures to shorten hospital stays, legions of aging baby boomers are caring for elderly parents and shouldering more complex nursing tasks once performed by professionals in hospitals and nursing homes, according to a national survey from the AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

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