We are a nation of caregivers. Four in 10 American adults care for a sick or elderly loved one, although this work is largely invisible. As America’s senior population continues to grow, so will this quiet army.
Many of these caregivers also pull double duty. One in seven middle-aged adults is financially providing for both an aging parent and a child, giving rise to the aptly titled “sandwich generation.”
As part of our "Aging America" special series, America Tonight is examining the problems and possibilities in eldercare. With “informal” (unpaid, that is) caregiving becoming a new normal in American life, we want to hear your experiences in your own words.
If you’re a caregiver of an older family member, tell us:
• What does your caregiving role involve?
• Why did you take on this role?
• How have your caretaking responsibilities affected your life?
• What have you learned from your caregiving experience?
• How would you like to be cared for, should you ever need help when you get older?
You can tell us your answers in the form below, or you can email us at SharingMyStory@aljazeera.net or use the hashtag #AgingAmerica on Twitter. We’ll use some of your responses in our ongoing broadcast and online coverage. And catch the rest of the "Aging America" series on America Tonight at 9 p.m. ET every night this week.
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