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By Kelly Moore
Family and Consumer Sciences, MSU-Missoula County Extension 

The cost of caregiving

 

January 31, 2019

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Your chances of stepping into the role as "caregiver" for a family member, are greater than you might think. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, it is estimated that over 44 million caregivers have provided informal or unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. These family caregivers averaging 49.2 years old, have often provided care for family members for three or more years, an average of 13 days each month and helped with personal care, food preparation, shopping, cleaning, laundry, transportation, medication, dressing, bill paying and technology.

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