Caring for an ill parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a demanding and debilitating task. Aging populations and shorter hospital stays mean more of us are filling this role. In the U.S., nearly 66 million people -- or one in three adults -- provide care to a family member who is ill, disabled or aged.
This is a real shift for many of us as we find ourselves caring for the people who once cared for us. While it is a gift to be there for our loved ones, it more often than not takes a toll on us -- physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually.