The Caregiving Worries of Parents with Special Needs Kids
If you are concerned about your loved one with special needs, you are not alone. Everyday worries are typical, but long-term concerns are sometimes overlooked. When those concerns begin to come to the forefront, they can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. Take a look at the facts and figures Sally Abrahms from AARP has and her advice for people who have these concerns
By: Sally Abrahms
Most of us think about taking care of our aging parents or spouse, not our kids. But there are more than 11 million Americans currently providing care for a family member between the ages of 18 and 49. Many worry deeply about their loved one’s future should something unexpectedly happen to them or their spouse.
“I worry night and day,” a friend told me. “What happens to my daughter when I’m no longer here?” Her daughter, now 27, has had neurological, physical and cognitive deficits since she was a baby. (My friend also has an older brother with schizophrenia. Fortunately, he is a veteran and receives care and housing through the government. But he is nearby and spends some weekends and all holidays with her.)
The number of Americans caring for younger people will only increase as the first wave of young men and women diagnosed with autism as children come of age. And there are many more behind them. While some are functional, a huge number of them will not be able to live independently and will need significant help. This will have an unquestionable impact on health care and caregivers.