Adult children stressed from caretaking duties

Kevin Magna

July 28, 2010

Recent research has revealed that the baby boomer generation is facing unprecedented levels of stress due to household care-taking duties, according to the Epoch Times. Many adults are juggling careers, children and aging parents every day.

This is a worldwide trend that has affected boomers in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and India.

In the United States, a Hartford Financial Services Group study found that 80 percent of baby boomers reported a moderate or high level of stress because of these responsibilities. The Epoch Times claims that many reported being forced to leave their jobs early to attend to an elderly parent, as well as sacrificing their health and lifestyle in the process.

A total of 68 percent of those interviewed said that they had to leave their jobs early within the last six months and almost 50 percent worry about the overall impact these duties will have on their careers.

There appears to be a driving need to create a reliable support structure that will allow the elderly to retain independence and prevent adult children from feeling overwhelmed.

With the installation of a personal emergency response system, seniors who wish to remain in their own homes will have added protection in case of a fall, and their children won’t have to worry about what’s happening while they are work.