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AARP: Holidays a Good Time to Talk Long Term Care

Posted: Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 5:42 am

press play to hear from Ann Black with AARP of Iowa

A new report finds nearly a third of Americans are acting as a caregiver for a loved one. Ann Black with AARP Iowa says the report found caring for an elderly family member takes up about 19 hours a week on average. Black says families who cared for their aging parents or relatives often wish that they had planned ahead instead of being faced with the situation and choices that they weren’t prepared to make. Black recommends using the upcoming holidays as a time to bring up the subject and determine what care a parent or family member may want and how that can be addressed.