About Eldercare

  • Caregivers living 1-3 hours from mom and dad provide approximately $400 per month in parental support.

  • Children provide approximately $6,000 per year to support their parents.

  • If you have hired people to care for Mom and Dad you are now the CEO of a two-person nursing facility.

  • Seventy percent of individuals over the age of 65 will require some type of long-term care during their lifetime.

  • Statistically, a caregiver decreases their lifespan by three years by caregiving.

  • “The reason our parents can always push our buttons is because they installed them.” ~ Paul Reiser.

  • Families provide 20-40 hours of unpaid elder care per week.

  • The most effective way to start the caregiving process is by assessing your parents’ needs.

  • Primary caregivers provide approximately 22 hours per week of hands-on care.

  • If you have hired people to care for Mom and Dad you are now the CEO of a two-person nursing facility.

  • Caregivers living more than three hours from mom and dad provide approximately $700 per month in parental support.

  • Seventy percent of caregivers take time off from work to provide elder care.

  • Fifty percent of people over 85 have some form of dementia.

  • Only one of out every ten siblings feels the responsibility of caregiving is equally distributed.

  • Don’t leave any regrets. Say “I love you.” Say “I’m sorry.” Say “I forgive you.”

  • Developing a “Sibling Care Team” provides an umbrella of support without over burdening one child.

  • If you have hired people to care for Mom and Dad you are now the CEO of a two-person nursing facility.

  • Depression affects approximately 20 percent of people over 65 years of age. Only about 1 in 6 people are treated appropriately.

  • Long-distance caregivers provide an average of 22 hours per month of hands-on care.

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Expert Links

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    Clinical bioethicist, Viki Kind, helps professionals and families to make the difficult decisions for those who lack capacity.
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  • Marie Gibson
    Author of The Caregiver’s Journal. A simple yet powerful tool that helps make sense of an overwhelming hospital experience by tracking and organizing your hospital stay.
  • Francine Russo
    Author of And They are Your Parents too. A tool for understanding and improving sibling communications and emotions as parents age.
  • Martin Sabel
    The life of a family caregiver gets complicated. Visit Martin’s website to simplfy yours.
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  • Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH
    Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, is a practicing geriatrician with a special interest in educating and empowering family caregivers. For tips on better healthcare for aging adults, and information about upcoming caregiver education events, visit her website at www.drkernisan.net.