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80% of Caregivers Report Strain on Their Marriages
Date:2/5/2009

Caring.com and the 'marriage doctors' share tips on how to keep love alive while caring for aging parents

SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty percent of baby boomers caring for an aging parent say that it has put a strain on their marriage. This insight is one of many garnered from a new research study conducted by Caring.com to measure the impact of caregiving on spousal relationships.

The Caring.com study of baby boomers caring for aging parents uncovered the following:

  • 80% of baby boomers reported strains on their relationships.
  • 46% of baby boomers stated that caregiving damaged their romantic relationships.
  • 25% of divorced baby boomers said caregiving played a major role in their divorce.
  • Baby boomers who are working full-time, are providing financial assistance to aging parents, and/or have aging parents living with them are at the greatest risk of marital strain.

The new insights on how stress affects marriage among caregivers have also been used to develop resources for those caring for an aging parent, including how to detect signs of stress in their marriages, as well as marriage tips to help caregiving couples make it work. The new content is supported by the "marriage doctors," Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, authors of the award-winning book Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage.

"Raising children is a challenge, but caring for aging parents can be an even greater challenge," said Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz. "The time spent caring for an aging parent can take a serious toll on the care
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