The Burden of Caring for Frail Parents

The Burden of Caring for Frail Parents

Statement Before the Joint Economic Committee, United States Congress
May 16, 2007

Working without pay and often putting in long hours over many months or years, family caregivers improve the lives of many frail older Americans. The help they provide saves the public billions of dollars a year in nursing home and paid home care costs. Yet care responsibilities often create serious burdens for caregivers, especially those balancing elder care duties with paid employment and childcare. More public funds are needed to support their work.

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