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What is eldercare? How can it affect families?


Eldercare refers to the care of older adults, often by their adult children. Those supporting elders take on a wide range of caregiving responsibilities like helping to support health appointments, nutrition, finances, and household management. When families engage in eldercare, there are additional ongoing demands on time and schedules for families to try to balance.

How does eldercare affect PSP families?

Benefits and challenges of eldercare

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