Family Caregiving: The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Do

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine—Families Caring for an Aging America—examines existing support for family caregivers like Ray, and recommends ways to provide more of the help they need. For me, this report reinforces what I not only hear every day but know firsthand: family caregivers need support. Whether caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one, helping them to live independently can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting.   But with some commonsense steps, we can make the big responsibilities of America’s 40 million family caregivers a little bit easier.