Family members, especially women, provide the majority of care for relatives who are ageing at home.   And according to a brief recently released by the International Longevity Center USA, the reliance on family caregivers in home settings has increased relative to formal care in recent years.

The brief, Caregiving in America: The Health Consequences for Boomer Women, provides an important insight into the physical and emotional health consequences for women with the potential for significantly greater negative health outcomes.   And in the US there seems to be little sense of urgency or even awareness of the growing needs of caregivers.

Even though this brief focuses on the USA, these issues are equally important in other countries around the world.

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