The cost of caregiving: A personal tale

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BOSTON (MarketWatch) — Workers who take time off to provide care of one sort or another to family and friends cost American business somewhere between $17.1 billion to $33.6 billion, says a new MetLife Mature Market Institute study. This week, I would like to add my two cents, both literally and figuratively, to that amount.
I have recently returned from spending four days in Florida providing care to my 76-year-old father, who is for all intents and purposes wheelchair-bound, and to my 71-year-old stepmother, whose recent surgery will leave her unable to lift or drive for about two months and will, likely, leave her unable to serve as my father’s primary caregiver for a spell.
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