Actor Rob Lowe: I was my sick mother’s caregiver, don’t underestimate the stress caregivers face

by Rob Lowe, USA TODAY Opinion,  

Forty million Americans work as an unpaid family caregiver. The mental, physical and emotional stress they face is overwhelming. It’s time to help.

Right now, 40 million Americans are doing truly selfless work by serving as unpaid family caregivers for a loved one. About 25 percent of those caregivers are millennials, who often feel forced to choose between their careers and caring for their aging parents and grandparents.

I can relate. When I was in my thirties, my brothers and I cared for our mother throughout her stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis. It’s not a role I was expecting to land, it didn’t come with much preparation, but it turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done — and, undeniably, one of the most difficult….read full article

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