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Amy Goyer spent years caring for her aging parents. Her mother had a stroke in her 60s. Her father developed Alzheimer’s. On top of caring for her own parents, she also helped her sister who developed Cushing’s disease. All three eventually passed away.
The cost of caregiving is high. An AARP study shows family caregivers spend more than $7,000 on average each year. It’s usually more when Goyer tried to care for her entire family and it left her bankrupt. Now she helps other families facing caregiving dilemmas as an AARP family caregiving expert.
“I’ve been a caregiver pretty much my entire adult life,” she said.
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