MA, MA, RDH
I recently completed a podcast for MOMgienists with the podcast’s founders, Jasmin Haley, RDH, and Christie Lincoln, RDH, on the topic of work-life balance and caring for aging parents.1
MOMgienists’ goal is to reach hygienists who are mothers with topics of interest to them. I was honored to be invited and asked if I could discuss what I had learned while caring for my parents. Having presented several seminars on work-life balance, caring for elders added a whole new dimension to my presentations.
Here are some eye-opening facts published by the Pew Research Center.
• There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States.
• Adults ages 45 to 64 are the most likely to be caregivers. About a quarter (23%) of adults ages 45 to 64 care for an aging adult.
• Most caregiving for aging parents is not in the form of financial support or personal care. More commonly, adults help their parents with errands, housework, or home repairs.2