Vox: The Staggering, Exhausting, Invisible Costs of Caring for America’s Elderly (August 26, 2021)

Anne Helen Petersen, of Vox, discusses the struggles that many face while trying to find elder care for older adults. Her article begins as follows:

When Laura sent me an email in early August, the first thing she did was apologize. “Please excuse how inelegant and disjointed this will be,” she wrote. “It matches my brain after being a caregiver since 2013.”

In 2013, Laura was several decades into a career as a marketing consultant. Her work was rewarding and challenging; she felt like she got to be creative every day and was never bored. She had gone freelance in the early 2000s and reveled in the freedom of being her own boss. Then her 78-year-old mom began experiencing severe back pain. She was scheduled for surgery, but the symptoms only worsened after the procedure. She was soon rushed back to the hospital following the collapse of her spinal cord. After emergency surgery, her pain lessened, at least somewhat, but then Laura was left to deal with her mom’s quickly accelerating dementia. “She went from normal cognition to thinking it was her wedding day and that I was her mother,” Laura told me. “She didn’t know how to walk, and didn’t remember what had happened to her.”

To see full article, click: “The Staggering, Exhausting, Invisible Costs of Caring for America’s Elderly”

Posted by Anthony Tran, Associate Editor, Wealth Strategies Journal

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