Baby Boomers Spend More Time Caring For Their Parents Than Their Children

June 11, 2012 12:00 AM
Baby Boomers Spend More Time Caring For Their Parents Than Their Children
" BOSTON (CBS) – With Father’s Day less than a week away this is a good time to continue the series we started around Mother’s Day on helping our elders.

According to a survey, conducted by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly one in four households are providing care to a relative or friend aged 50 or older ( over 22 million). The scariest thing about the survey is that they consider 50 old!

The survey suggests that today’s Baby Boomers, adults born between 1946 and 1964, will likely spend more years caring for a parent than for their children. That is hard if you have moved across country from your parents and are trying to provide long distance care.

Retirees are living longer and modern medicine is helping them do so. But living longer often means living a more limited lifestyle for as we age we also become frail and need more services to continue living on our own.

Individuals in their 40s and 50s are now caring for parents who are in their 70s and 80s. And usually it is the daughter or daughter-in-law who is the care giver "

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