The Toll of Caregiving

Elderly Care (Photo credit: DonMarcoCaballero)

2011 was a tough year for my family. Within eight months, my maternal uncle was diagnosed with and succumbed to thyroid cancer. Meanwhile, he was my grandmother’s primary caretaker. As my uncle’s health deteriorated, my mom – a college professor – needed to step-in and manage both her brother’s and mother’s care. Observing this process – and helping my mom the best I could – was eye-opening. Since then, I’ve had numerous conversations and read countless articles related to the toll of caregiving.

According to the American Society on Aging:

Nearly one out of …read more