Sandeep Jauhar | “When Family Members Care for Aging Parents” – The New York Times
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“When Family Members Care for Aging Parents” – The New York Times

“When Family Members Care for Aging Parents” – The New York Times

“With millions of elderly adults requiring assistance with daily living, physicians should make it routine practice to ask family members whether they can provide the requisite care. Many of these potential caregivers, ill or stressed themselves, simply cannot.

Insurers should also set aside funds to support these caregivers. Family members are often the people most invested in the care of their loved ones. Supporting them will only benefit our most vulnerable citizens. It won’t be cheap, of course. Because of the size of this unpaid family work force, even providing minimum wage to the most taxed caregivers could cost up to $100 billion annually…”