November is National Family Caregivers Month. In the United States, about 40 million people provide unpaid care to an ill or disabled adult. One-quarter of those caregivers have been in their roles for five years or longer. And these loving helpers often go it alone. Only half of family caregivers say they get unpaid help from another family member or friend.
Evelyn Corsini and her family allowed photographer Francine Orr to document the final months of her life, to observe caregiving. Orr’s interest was journalistic but also personal: As the caregiver for her father, she had been living the story herself for more than a decade.
Being old is difficult. Being old and having to take care of another old person is even more challenging. Today, 2 out of 5 caregivers in Singapore are above 50 years old.
How do they cope? What kind of problems do social workers see with this trend?