By Reshma Kapadia | Barron’s
Caregiving is often so easy at the start, you don’t even think of it as caregiving. It’s a few days off from work to accompany Dad for medical tests, or a couple of hundred dollars a month for someone to check in on Auntie, or a few extra flights home to help your parents move into a senior community. It seems manageable—until it isn’t. Short-term fixes can stretch into years, upending lives, taking family dysfunction to new levels, and blowing up otherwise solid retirement plans.
Caregiving poses a challenge even to professionals like Amy Goyer, AARP’s caregiving expert.