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In Sickness and In Health: Elderly Caregivers

Caring for a sick or disabled elderly relative exacts a toll — physical, emotional, financial — on any family member, but being a spousal caregiver brings particular challenges. Today’s longer life spans, in which once-fatal conditions such as heart disease have become manageable, mean that the “sickness” part of “in sickness and in health” can last for many years. Eighty-eight year old Bob Treanor, of Maryland, took care of his wife Ruth for more than 5 years.

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