U.S. News and World Report reporter Michael O. Schroeder writes about the role that friends and neighbors increasingly take on as caregivers of older adults. The article was written with the support of a journalism fellowship from New America Media, the Gerontological Society of America and The John A. Hartford Foundation.
The article highlights a recent national survey of high-need patients from The Commonwealth Fund showing that, of those surveyed, 10 percent received help from friends or neighbors for troubles with activities of daily living, such as getting across the room, dressing or bathing – as compared with 72 percent who said they received help with activities of daily living from a family member or relative, and 17 percent who said a professional, or home health aide, provided assistance.
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The article was reprinted in New America Media.