Family members make up the largest group of providers of long-term care for the aging. However, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging, being a caregiver can take a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll, especially among those who have a dual responsibility of working to support themselves while caring for their aging loved one.
Who are these caregivers? Twenty-two percent of caregivers help at least two people, while 8 percent provide care to three or more, according to the Administration on Aging. One-third would describe their own health as fair to poor, the agency reports. Many are in dire need of support for themselves.
Dr. Jane Driver from Brigham and Women’s hospital’s division on aging and the Alzheimer’s Association participated in a Boston.com’s #bewellchat Twitter chat to discuss important topics surrounding caregiving.
Here’s the transcript of the chat: