Aging Boomers May Need Wider Network of Kin, FriendsDecember 7, 2016 |
by Lois Collins
NEW ORLEANS–Family members already form an “invisible workforce” that cares for America’s frail elders. But changes in policy and family structure — from later-life divorce to smaller families — suggest that friends and extended family will play even more important roles as caregivers in coming years.
Eighteen million Americans already care regularly for a fragile older relative, most often a spouse or a parent, and the number is expected to at least double by 2050.