Elderly Americans will depend more on friends, extended family as country ages

Family members already form an "invisible workforce" that cares for America's frail elderly. But changes in policy and family structure — from elderly divorce to smaller families — suggest that friends and extended family will play even more important roles as caregivers in coming years.

Eighteen million Americans already care regularly for a fragile older relative, most often a spouse or a parent, and the number is expected to at least double by 2050.

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