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More Than 460,000 Oregonians Provide Unpaid Care To Family Members

Photo courtesy of AARP.

A recent Oregon survey indicates the elderly want to be able to live independently and at home as long as possible. This points to a need to have more support and training for family caregivers.

Janet Martinez of Portland is a caregiver for her 92-year-old mother and her 10-year-old daughter.

Martinez: "There’s this whole emotional toll that I don’t think gets talked about. You know, we know caregiver burnout, we know caregiver stress, caregiver death – but what about all those gaps in-between, that we need to start discussing and filling?"

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a role that describes more than 460,000 Oregonians.

The survey of 800 Oregon voters age 45 and older was conducted by AARP.

Half of the respondents said they are now providing, or have provided, unpaid care for a family member. 76-percent said Oregon needs more resources and training for family caregivers.

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