Caring for aging parents

This may not be the case in your family, but a new study at Princeton has found that daughters provide an average of 12.3 hours of elderly parent care per month as compared to sons’ 5.6 hours.


The study also indicates that in the division of elderly parent care among siblings in families with both daughters and sons, gender is the single most important factor in the amount of assistance each sibling provides.


Caregiving falls to the sisters, said the researchers. Brothers pass on parent caregiving responsibilities to their sisters. The downside is that the caregiving siblings, usually the daughters, must balance employment and caregiving for their own children, sacrificing career and earnings, which poses a financial burden as well.

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