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As Parents Age, Children And Their Employers Feel The Burden | Forbes
About a year after his father died from pulmonary fibrosis, Richard Cabrera’s mother’s mental capacity began to decline noticeably. She was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and for the next five years Cabrera, now 49, would become her full-time caretaker.
Family caregivers are also less likely to seek preventative care for themselves, a choice that could manifest in additional time away from work and expense down the road.
“This population tends to report higher work-family conflict, higher stress, and an increase in depressive symptoms—which is particularly true when you compare elder care versus childcare,” says Dr. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.