Aging caregivers face new challenges

With the U.S. population living longer caregivers find themselves taking care of aging parents as they face aging related issues themselves.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Experts say two thirds of caregivers in the United States are over the age of 60, and many of those are retired.

LaRhae Knatterud is the director of Aging Transformation at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Knatterud says as more of the population reaches their late 90s and older, caregivers, often adult children, are also aging.

Knatterud said some caregivers need to keep working, and some develop health problems of their own and require services.

Knatterud heads up a state initiative called “Own Your Future”. The program urges individuals to prepare for their retirement and old age.

Currently Minnesota offers many services to keep aging adults independent. For information on a wide range of aging-related topics, call the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line. Experts are available to answer
your questions weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The service is free! Call 1 (800) 333-2433.


 

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