I read an article over the weekend that discussed a couple of new resources available for caregivers. As anyone who has ever cared for an elderly relative can attest, it can be overwhelming. Caregiving can be a full time job. With most caregivers having their own careers and families to take care of as well, the "burn out" factor of caring for a loved one is high. That's why it's important to take advantage of every resource available, including engaging an experienced Michigan elder law attorney.
Some interesting facts from the article:
1. More than 43 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for adults who are 50 and older;
2. Nearly one in four say they have difficulty coordinating care;
3. The financial toll on family caregivers who are 50 or older averages $303,880 a person in lost lifetime wages, pensions and social security benefits.
4. The toll on one's health can also be significant. Taking care of a family member with Alzheimer's disease could make your own health care bills increase by an average of $4,766 per year.