Taking care of a loved one who is sick or has a disability can easily be a full-time job that requires us to prioritize their care over our careers. Because I was the caregiver to my father in his final years of life, I know firsthand how stressful, intense and demanding caregiving can be, both physically and mentally. Now, my mother is in her 90s, and my sister is graciously performing the duty of caregiving.
The role of caregiver has long been a woman’s domain, though men can also be caregivers to their aging parents and spouses or their children. The effects of this role weighs on the workforce; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (via The New York Times), about 15% of women and 13% of men between the ages of 25 and 54 years old spent time caring for older relatives (paywall) in 2017 and 2018. This amount rises significantly for those who are between the ages of 55 and 64. According to 2015 Pew data, 40.4 million provide unpaid care to adults ages 65 and older in the United States.
If women must take on the role of caregiver to their aging or sick family members, they often aren’t able to commit the same amount of time or energy to their careers. This affects the workplace tremendously, as many women are forced to take time off or reduce their hours so that they can devote time to caregiving. Even when people have the funds to afford eldercare through in-home healthcare or nursing home facilities, they still have responsibilities they are required to attend to.
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