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Aging Boomers May Need Wider Network of Kin, Friends

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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.

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