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Cost of Taking Care of Mom and Dad

Overwhelmed caregivers save the U.S. health care system billions in uncompensated care

Caregivers' and aging adults' need for resources comes at a time when the political climate seeks cuts to spending on social programs. So while some solutions exist — long-term care insurance planning as part of the Affordable Care Act, grants to states from the fiscally modest National Family Caregiver Support Program and the formation of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class — experts say real solutions will have to come from the grassroots level.

Cynthia Ramnarace writes about families and health. She lives in New York.

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