How to Support a Caregiver

When you spend time, money and emotional capital providing care, you don’t have to go it alone.

Don't worry mom, you can always count on me
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It’s an act of love, a lesson in crisis management, a stress on finances and often a years-long slog. Over a recent 12-month period, more than 43 million adults provided care for a vulnerable family member or friend, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute. The contribution to family and society is staggering. A Rand Corp. report puts the annual value of unpaid caregiving just for the elderly at $522 billion—-more than the amount it would take to retire the 2015 federal deficit.

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Jane Bennett Clark
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
The late Jane Bennett Clark, who passed away in March 2017, covered all facets of retirement and wrote a bimonthly column that took a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversaw the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheaded the annual "Best Cities" feature. Clark graduated from Northwestern University.