Tell Us: Do You Pay a Higher Price Financially or Emotionally?

Denise

Tell Us: Do You Pay a Higher Price Financially or Emotionally?

Denise
pennies-15402_640Howard Gleckman, a contributor for Forbes.com, recently shared about research The Impact of Informal Caregiving on Older Adults’ Labor Supply and Economic Resources from Urban Institute. In his article, The High Cost of Caring For An Ailing Parent Or Spouse, Gleckman writes:
Over a 12 year period, nearly 6 of every 10 adult children over 50 will provide some care for an aging parent or in-law and nearly one in five will help an ailing spouse. And those who do are less likely to work, more likely to see a decline in their financial well-being, and more likely to fall into poverty, especially if they provide high levels of personal care for long periods of time.

The article made me wonder about your perspective about the cost of caregiving. Do you feel you pay a higher price financially or emotionally? Is it harder to feel the pinch in your bank account or in your heart? Does the struggle feel harder when balancing the checkbook or trying to figure out how to manage another heartache? Or, does it just depend on the day?

I'd love to know your perspectives and experiences. Share your thoughts in our comments, below.