Hartford Courant – Susan Campbell

7/19/2011

AARP released a report on Monday that says 42.1 million people cared for adult family members with some kind of limitations in 2009. That’s $450 billion in unpaid work at no small emotional and physical cost to the caregiver.

In Connecticut, says the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, that translates to roughly 700,000 residents. Said Teresa C. Younger, executive director:

“This report is clear evidence of the need for more family-friendly work policies. Nearly 65 percent of primary caregivers in most families are women, although more men are stepping up. Taking time off from work to care for a loved one has a direct impact on the erosion of a working woman’s Social Security benefits, as well as her long-term asset-building potential, job security and career mobility.”

The report said income and benefits lost due to care for relatives add up to approximately $283,716 for men and $324,044 for women in the state.

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