Unpaid caregivers provide about 90 percent of long-term care in the United States. Those are mostly sons, daughter, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives — all organizing meals, medication, doctor's visits and health insurance policies.
But the challenges of caregiving go beyond statistics and logistics — aging family members often forget who their loved ones are. Family dynamics are upended as children care for parents in ways they never expected.
Northhampton-based journalist Nell Lake examines all the facets of the caregiver-patient relationship in her forthcoming book, "The Caregivers: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage and Love."
She attended caregiver support groups for years, and became close with caregivers and their loved ones on a truly intimate level.
Nell Lake, author of "The Caregivers: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage and Love." She tweets at @Nell_Lake.
- "If you’re an adult living in the U.S., it’s a good bet that you (or your neighbor or close friend or colleague) are caring for an elderly family member. Indeed, more than 43 million Americans — about 18 percent of adults — care for a family member or friend 50 or older, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance; 15 million of these caregivers tend someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia."
- "Co-leader and nurse practitioner Justin Montgomery wants caregivers to see themselves, not just the faux patients, in action. So they watch videotapes of the simulations."
This segment aired on February 4, 2014.