In most countries around the world, family members and friends provide the majority of care for the elderly.   The burdens on these caregivers can be tremendous, not only in terms of mental and physical demands but also financially.

We’ve highlighted this issue a number of times in the past and consider it one of the greatest challenges as well as opportunities for dealing with the ageing population.

In Australia, there is now recognition by the government that family caregivers need help so they can continue to take care of their loved ones.

This week, as noted in the Australian, Justine Elliott, Australian Ageing Minister, announced that the federal government will give extra funding for groups that provide respite for family carers.  This is an example well worth following in other countries.