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More millennials in the United States are playing role of family caregivers
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More millennials in the United States are playing role of family caregivers

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About 10 million Americans between the age of 18 and 35 – or the group termed millennials – are playing the role of a family caregiver, providing essential yet often unpaid work, a new report by American lobby group AARP (formerly known as American Association of Retired Persons) found.

Although the typical profile of an unpaid family caregiver in the US is a 49-year-old white woman, there is a new trend as millennials increasingly make up a growing group who have to balance caregiving with employment, as baby boomers age and need more support. It’s a challenging role, as the report found that millennials spend about 21 hours a week on caregiving, the equivalent of a part-time job. More than half of millennial caregivers earn less than $50,000 a year, but spend almost a third of their income on caregiving-related expenses. Many also have some form of debt, such as student loans.

The role of a caregiver is both critical and challenging. But because most feel bound to their caregiving tasks by a sense of duty, they tend not to speak out when they need help or support from others. In Singapore, the National Council of Social Service is conducting a study to better understand the work that caregivers do, their psychological needs and ties to the ones they care for, and the support they require.


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