The untold story of unpaid caregivers

February 17, 2018

ted institute explores family caregiving

Caregiving is universal – we all enter and leave this world needing care. Yet we often don’t acknowledge the people providing daily support for their loved ones suffering from chronic illnesses or disabilities. This short film sheds light on the experience of millions of unpaid caregivers worldwide and the toll it can take on their own health, careers, and finances. It’s time we pay attention to these unsung heroes.

most unpaid family caregivers have trouble sleeping

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  1. A good read.

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  2. me as well, lost track on how long..

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  3. 14 years 24/7 365 caring for my Dad as a single mom while raising my son.

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  4. Connie Wright.. surely your heavenly reward is going
    to be great!

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    • I don’t need a reward. When you love your child with all of your heart then you will do anything for them

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    • True….but you are a trooper. You take such good care of God’s Angel !

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  5. Second different thing on their site tonight that had no info. What gives ?

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  6. I’m presently in bed for severe exhaustion and I feel like I’m not ever going to stay alive. Caregiver fatality is very real. Not looking for pity just trying to bring awareness because being an only child who needs to work and parents who refuse outside care or any care seeing my decline I never want anyone to go through this alone. I’m in serious health issues brought on from extreme fatigue and stress.

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  7. 24 years 24/7 caring for our daughter after accident.

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  8. 32 yrs now

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  9. We were care givers 24/7 365 for 25 years. No help and no pay. Hardest job you will ever love. 🙂

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  10. We were care givers 24/7 365 for 25 years. No help and no pay. Hardest job you will ever love. 🙂

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  11. Jesus Jesus Jesus….

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  12. Been 12 yrs now, caring for my husband, 247, 365

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    • I’ve been caring for my Mom for 2 1/2 years full-time too. God bless us all…

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    • Caring for my Mom for about 10.5 years.

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    • Prayers for strength and for peace to you all. My load is light now..but I’ve been in those trenches!! Stay strong! ..but know when it’s time to say when. Get help or find a wonderful assisted living facility. I would not hear of it …until everything crumbled and I could not go on alone. God stepped in. Pray. Sleep. Eat. Take care of you too!! ((Hugs)) <3

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    • Did it for my husband 10 years living off his disability social security of 1035 not a penny from anyone sucks i know how you feel. He passed a year today now have to work after taking care of him new world good luck with your husband

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