Take Two for October 9, 2012

Families struggle with stress of caring for elderly relatives

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Healthcare will undoubtedly be a topic at this week's Vice Presidential debate, but for many Americans, healthcare doesn't happen in a hospital or clinic.

It happens at home.

According to a recent report from the AARP, more than 40-million people act as unpaid family caregivers for live in relatives.

Almost half are doing duties most often associated with nursing, administering injections and managing medication. And for many it's a daily routine that can be overwhelming.

Michelle Singletary is the personal finance columnist for the Washington Post, and recently she wrote a column about her own personal experience with this issue.


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