Looking at the struggles of today’s caregivers

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Currently, 44 million unpaid eldercare providers in the United States according to the US Census Bureau and the majority are women.

Molly Rees Gavin, President of CT Community Care, joined FOX 61 Good Day Connecticut to talk about the issues.

There are few support programs, formal or informal, in place to support these family caregivers, many of whom are struggling at work and at home.  Working daughters often find they need to switch to a less demanding job, take time off, or quit work all together in order to make time losing job-related benefits such as health insurance, retirement savings, and social security benefits.

In fact, a study from MetLife and the National Alliance for Caregiving calculated women lose an average of $324,044 in compensation due to caregiving.

The majority of Americans feel caring for two elderly adults would be more difficult than caring for two toddlers.