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Caring for an Aging Relative Causes Personal Stress and Family Conflict, but Americans are ‘Happy to Do it’
Date:9/23/2013

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

Today, there are more than seven potential caregivers for every American aged 80 or older, those living in the “high-risk years.” By 2030, that ratio is projected to drop to 4-to-1. By 2050, it will fall to less than 3-to-1. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, Americans are faced with new challenges in providing care for aging relatives. A new poll from employee effectiveness and work-life services provider Workplace Options examines the issues facing elder caregivers, including who shoulders the responsibility for care.

Unsurprisingly, caring for an aging relative causes family conflict and personal stress. According to 66 percent of respondents, elder care caused a lot, some or a little conflict within their families. A whopping 85 percent said that caring for an aging relative caused personal stress.

Still, 75 percent of respondents said that they did not resent having to take care of their aging relative. In fact, they were happy to do it. Just 5 percent felt a fair amount of resentment for the responsibility.

“We hear this all the time,” said Dean Debnam, chief executive officer of Workplace Options, a company that provides elder care resources and referrals for its customers. “People want to help. They want to take care of their loved ones, but often, they just don’t know where to start.”

“Seeing a family member loses some or all self-sufficiency is incredibly difficult. One of the best ways to reduce the turmoil people face is by helping them find the right resources,” he continued.

Who Is Responsible?

When the time comes to step in and provide care for an aging relative, one of the first decisions that must be made is who will take responsibility for the myriad tasks that must be handled, from housing preparation, to medical care, to managing finances and more. Overwhelmingly, poll respondents agreed that professional care is the best
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