Caregiving: It’s all of us.
Chances are you already are or will someday be a caregiver to someone you love. The majority of caregivers are family caregivers who volunteer their time and effort. Caregiving means taking care of another person with special medical and emotional needs. Caregivers also provide company and support. Whether you provide around-the-clock care, or just help your aging parents with day-to-day tasks, you’re a caregiver.
Most family caregivers are middle-aged and many are women. Family caregiving is common among all ethnic groups and economic levels. Understanding the challenges of caregiving can help you prepare for it, and ensure your loved one receives the best care possible.
Featured Contributors: AARP, Alzheimer's Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Family Caregivers Association
Topic Videos: Caregiving
- What Is It? Whether you help your parents balance the checkbook or provide round-the-clock care, you're a caregiver. Watch
- Cathy’s Story Cathy has to take care of herself so she can take care of her three special needs kids. Watch
- Why Does It Matter? Caregiver stress takes a heavy toll, and caregivers are more prone to health problems themselves. Watch
- Lawrence’s Story After caring for his partner for 10 years, he found he couldn’t take care of someone else if he didn’t take care of himself. Watch
- What Can I Do About It? Be prepared, know your limits and ask for help. Watch
- Chris and Ann’s Story Siblings can work together and lean on each other to provide care for their aging parents. Watch