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For many Americans, caregiving a long-distance burden

from HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report

Caring for a parent or relative in the same ZIP code can be hard enough, but long-distance caregiving, which is becoming more common in an increasingly mobile society, brings with it added burdens. By 2012, an estimated 14 million Americans will be long-distance caregivers, so many that some even have new names: "seagulls" and "pigeons." These terms refer to family members who alight for short periods of time, make a mess for local caregivers and fly out. What they don't take into account are the pain, isolation and hassles that long-distance caregivers are dealing with on their own. more


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