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Coming Out of the Caregiving Closet

Thursday March 06, 2014

"There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." - Rosalynn Carter

Today, the Washington Post came out with a special report on family caregiving in the United States. While reading the article, I couldn’t help but think about the Caregiving in America Conference I attended on February 19th in Seattle. Hosted by AARP and Washington Post Live, the conference featured an illustrious set of presenters, from TV personality Rick Steves of PBS, to the state of Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee, to aging expert Nancy Hooyman. More than my admiration of the speakers, I was struck by one fact in particular: 1 in 5 people in the United States is caregiving for family members, and 1 in 4 of these haven't told anyone.

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