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Many Caregivers Try to Keep It Secret: Northwestern Mutual

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The workplace may have another taboo topic: Being a decent, responsible person who takes care of aging parents or other adults with disabilities.

Analysts at Northwestern Mutual have raised that possibility in a new slice of data from a poll the company organized earlier this year.

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The sample included 1,400 Americans ages 18 or older who were acting as caregivers.

About 66% of the survey participants were working, and 60% of all of the participants were working full-time.

But 24% of the working caregivers said they did not think their colleagues knew they were caregivers.

About 28% of the Millennials in the sample said they had avoided telling anyone that they were caregivers.

Men were more likely than women to say they had kept their caregiving role secret.

About 29% of the men who took the survey said they thought they had kept their caregiving secret, compared with 19% of the women.

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