INFORMATION AND SUPPORT TO CARE FOR YOUR AGING PARENT

Adult Children Acting as Caregiver – Hub

Being a caretaker is one of the most demanding roles one can be in, both physically and mentally. This is especially true for those acting as caretaker for older family members while managing careers and families of their own. Those who act as caregiver to an aging parent average about 77 hours per month of care time, which can have major impacts on the rest of their life. If you’re in this position and struggling, you’re not alone. Boston College found in a study that nearly 17 percent of adult children will act as caretaker to an aging parent at some point in their life.

Adult Children as Caretakers

There are currently about 40.4 million adult caregivers to seniors in the United States. About 90% of those are adult children acting as caregiver for their senior parent. People find themselves in this position for a variety of reasons, such as cost concerns, a stubborn parent, or simply personal preference. Whatever your reasoning, we have resources that can help you with different issues that may come up while caring for an aging parent. We also have resources for those considering professional caretaking, which can be a huge benefit to both parent and adult child if handled correctly. 

Articles for Adult Children Taking Care of Parent

Older couple smiling and holding each other outside.

Identifying Early Cognition Changes

Identifying early changes in cognition can be crucial to delaying further changes from dementia or Alzheimer's.

A woman packing a suitcase. Article about taking a vacation as a caretaker.

Vacationing Without Guilt

Leaving family with another caretaker can cause feelings of worry and guilt. How do people manage these feelings?

When Kids Become Caregivers

There comes a point where kids take over the caretaker role from their parents, causing complicated feelings.

A frustrated man sits in front of the computer. Cover image for an article on managing career and caretaking.

Managing Career While Caregiving

Many people have to balance their career with their responsibilities as caregiver. How do they manage it?

Woman is upset. Cover image for article about self-care for caretakers.

Self-Care for Caretakers

Explore best practices for self-care as you care for an aging parent. Avoid caregiver burnout with these tips.

An older woman having a conversation with a younger family member. Cover image for an article about caretaker guilt.

Reducing Non-Caretaker Guilt

In many situations it's best to have someone else act as caregiver, but this may still cause feelings of guilt.

An older woman is upset. Cover image for article about being patient with older family members.

Being Patient with Elderly Parents

If you are struggling to be patient with elderly parents in difficult times, you are not alone. We offer tips and solutions.

Older couple looking stressed while reviewing financial documents.

Ease Aging Parent's Financial Stress

Financial stress happens to everyone, even those we care about! Learn how to help ease loved ones's financial stress.

Older woman smiling with older man's hand on her shoulder.

Preparing for Loss of a Loved One

If you're preparing for the loss of a loved one, support exists. Learn care tips for your parent and yourself.

Considering Professional Caretaking?

Professional caretaking is the best option for many people. Learn more about what you can expect from a professional caregiver, as well as different options for alternative care.

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Caregiver Duties

Having clearly defined expectations for a caregiver can help your loved ones stay healthy and independent.

Older couple looking at computer screen. Article about electronic caregiving through technology.

Electronic Caregiver

Telehealth and other electronic caregiving options have led to huge quality of life improvements for seniors.

Older woman and her nurse. Cover image for article about in-home and alternative care.

In-Home vs. Facility

Are you considering caregiving options for your parent? Learn about in-home vs. alternative care to support your parent.

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