An estimated 66 million Americans serve as unpaid caregivers for loved ones. A new study revealed the actual impact of caregiving is often much greater than expected. Here are the highlights from the study.
While only 40 percent of caregivers expect they will contribute financially to the care of a family member, the reality is 83 percent end up doing so.
Only 38 percent of caregivers expect to experience a decrease in income while actually 63 percent of caregivers do experience a decrease.
Thirty-seven percent of caregivers expect their savings to decline as a result of caregiving while the study found, in fact, 61 percent of caregivers used some of their savings to care for a loved one.