Caregiving boomer in 60s may need care too

April 10, 2012 at 1:05 AM

BOSTON, April 10 (UPI) -- About 10,000 U.S. baby boomers hit age 65 each day making them a generation who care for children and parents, but may need care themselves, a survey says.

The Family Caregiver Alliance calculated about 43.5 million Americans care for someone age 50 and older than 50, making caring for an aging relative "the new normal," CNN reported.

A survey conducted by Care.com, an online resource helping families connect with local caregivers for children, adults, seniors and pets, found 46 percent of respondents have a good understanding of their aging loved ones' preferences for care, but don't know exactly how to proceed.

The survey also found 44 percent of respondents are tapped into their aging parents' behavioral/physical changes and are deeply concerned about their health and well-being.

Forty-seven percent report they do care-giving tasks such as housekeeping, transportation and financial management duties for their aging parents.

Thirty-two percent said they carry the full load of care-giving responsibilities for their aging parents, while 47 percent said concerns over finances and paying for long-term care are top of mind when addressing their aging loved one's care needs, the survey indicated.

No survey details were provided.

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