Caregiving is the “new normal”

According to a new report, a growing number of baby boomers are caregivers and don’t realize it.

That’s because many think that providing hands-on help to an aging loved one is just a regular part of life. However, according to recent AARP Public Policy Institute research, this is actually considered a viable form of caregiving.

For example, if you drive your mom to her monthly doctor’s appointments, or maybe on a regular basis you help your aging uncle check his blood sugar levels for diabetes””all of these activities fall into the caregiving category.

The “New Normal”

Increasingly, people are providing this type of daily care to family members, but they may even provide other complex levels of care, including tube feedings, bandaging and wound care, managing catheters, giving injections or operating medical equipment.

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