AARP: 42 percent of working Americans are caregivers

According to a video from the AARP, at any given time, 44 million Americans are taking care of an older family member. And many of these people are forced to juggle their caregiving duties with careers and other family obligations. In the video, a study shows that 42 percent of working Americans — roughly 55 million people — have provided elder care in the last five years. With an aging population, these numbers are only expected to grow.

The video also examines the rights people legally have (or, sadly, don’t) to take time off from work to take care of an elderly relative, providing real-life examples of people in stressful caregiving situations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvnoVq86oqk

If the increasing care needs of an elderly loved one become too difficult to be handled by a family caregiver, help is available through the services of a senior care provider such as Encompass Senior Solutions, currently providing elder care solutions for people in Omaha, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.

“Encompass Senior Solutions solves the problems families face in finding home health care providers they can trust. Providers who will focus on strategies that keep parents in their homes. To learn more about our health care services, visit http://www.encompass-home-health-care.com.”