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Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 10:00 am

When elderly loved ones can no longer fully care for themselves, the responsibility is commonly taken on by family members. What often begins as part-time help – such as paying bills or driving Mom or Dad to appointments – may quickly become full-time work.

Taking care of a loved one is an admirable undertaking. Many adult children have to manage working, raising kids, taking care of their own health and maintaining a personal life while caring for an aging parent. Whether you provide minimal care, such as errand-running, or engage in hands-on activities, such as bathing, dressing and meal preparation, becoming a caregiver probably took you by surprise, and you are not alone. Over 40 percent of caregiving Americans say they were unprepared and felt they had no choice in providing care for a senior family member.

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