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Caring for parents can also affect relationships between your brothers and sisters. For some, the experience of caring for parents can bring together siblings who have lost contact and strengthen family ties. For others, caring for parents can bring out old rivalries, or reinforce old communication problems.
When Care Services are Needed
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The AoA site contains many resources for the elderly and for family caregivers, including a searchable nationwide directory of 230 national and local agencies, health associations, and organizations.
50% spent more than 10% of their annual income in care giving expenses, on average
37% quit their job or reduced their hours
47% cut back on vacations.
38% are saving less or not at all for their children's future
34% are using their savings
32% have provided caregiving for more than five years
27% are cutting back on basics, including clothing, utilities and transportation
23% are cutting back on personal medical or dental expenses
SOURCE: Evercare and the National Alliance for Caregiving
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
Professional Geriatric Care Managers (PGCMs) are health and human services specialists who help families care for older relatives, while encouraging as much independence as possible.
The PGCM may be trained in any of a number of fields related to long-term care, including, but not limited to, nursing, gerontology, social work, or psychology, with a specialized focus on issues related to aging and elder care. The PGCM acts as a guide and advocate -- identifying problems and offering solutions, from assessment of an aging parent's needs to addressing the life change of a family affected by Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinsons or other symptoms of dementia.
If you are interested in finding a Professional Geriatric Care Manager to assist in creating a plan of care for someone you know, please click here to “Find a Care Manager.”
If you are interested in learning more about the profession of geriatric care management or the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, please click here for “Learn More About Geriatric Care Management.”
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