A rising share of Americans is caring for someone with health issues, often juggling the task with a job and family, the Pew Research Center found in a newly released survey.
Researchers found that 39% of U.S. adults surveyed said they were caring for an adult or child with significant health challenges in 2012, compared with 30% who said the same in 2010.
Experts say the numbers will continue to surge as the American population ages, putting added demands on workers and families. An earlier Pew study found nearly half of Americans surveyed said they would probably end up caring for an aging relative in the future.
Susannah Fox, an associate director at the Pew Research Center, said the economic downturn could also be pushing up the numbers, since fewer families can afford to pay someone for nursing or other care.Read More