Disabled Child, Aging Parents, Uncertain Future

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Abstract This paper delves in to the lives of aging caregivers whose lives revolve around caring for their disabled loved ones. Many disabled people are living with family members referred to in this paper as caregivers. With advances in medicine, many disabled people are able to live longer lives. Yet when the caregivers become too old to care for their child, government services will not cover all the costs. Planning for the future of the disabled is an exhausting necessity. There are numerous agencies to help ease the stress of estate planning for the disabled. Disabled Child, Aging Parents, Uncertain Future “Your child is disabled,” is a sentence foreign to many. But for those whom have experienced a doctor’s diagnosis in which their child’s name and disability are in the same sentence, life changes. A parent’s role is to take care of their children until they are old enough to take care of themselves. For the parents of the disabled, the role of caregiver never really stops. What happens to the disabled when their caregivers get too old to properly care for them? The future is a scary uncertainty for aging caregivers. The United Nations define disability as “a person who suffers from a physical, mental, or sensory impairment that limits their ability to perform daily activities, caused or aggravated by social or environmental conditions,” (Martins, 2014). Disabilities affect many. There are “ten million Americans needing long-term care for day-to-day activities” (Thearc.org, 2014). That translates to many families taking on the role of caregiver to the disabled. Roughly “fifty-two million caregivers provide care to adults with a disability or illness,” (Selected Caregiver Statistics, 2012) and “over 730,000 are caregivers to disabled people over the age of sixty,” (thearc.org, 2014).
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