Family caregivers: know the facts

Children of aging parents can get overwhelmedThe children of aging parents may have a road ahead of them that may be very overwhelming and stressful. It is important that these family caregivers find out facts about what options they have going into this process, according to the Morning Sentinal.

"Caregivers, we known for a fact, are more likely to be in real poor health themselves. They are more likely to be depressed. They are more likely to use alcohol and prescription drugs," Lenard Kaye, director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maine, told the news source. "It's physically hard. It's mentally hard. It's financially draining. It puts stress on all aspects of your life."

There are 5.4 million people in the United States who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and caregivers and other facilties have spent $183 billion annually on patients who have this illness, according to the Sun Sentinel.

In addition, there are many programs that offer help for people that are providing Alzheimer's care and other types of aid. It may even be a good idea to have a parent move into a nursing home or assisted living facility, so they have the constant care they need.