Help available for caregivers, NBC reports

On last night’s broadcast, NBC News reported on the loneliness and isolation felt by millions of Americans who provide care to elderly relatives.

NBC spotlighted findings from a new AARP study, including the fact that 42 million Americans age 40 to 60 spend time each week caring for an older adult. Of those, 29% devote more than 40 hours a week to caregiving.

The burden on caregivers can be overwhelming at times. AARP has sponsored public service announcements to call attention to the issue, and to let caregivers know there is help available, NBC reported.

AARP provides a Caregiving Resource Center website, with links to an online support group, a place to submit questions to a panel of experts, and basic information for caregivers and their families.