Caregiving can last for decades, new research shows

To most people, “caregiving” means looking after ailing relatives in their final years. But the reality is much different, with the actual workload lasting up to 30 years for some, according to University of Alberta research. The study, the first of its kind to gauge caregiving across a person’s lifetime, debunks the myth that looking after an ailing loved one is a short, one-off experience. Lengthy caregiving can take a high personal toll, including chronic stress, loneliness, poor health, disrupted careers or pensions and crumbled relationships, said study co-author Jacquie Eales.

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Original publishing date:14/09/2020

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