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In this Aug. 30, 2013 photo, Pauline King cares for her husband Jerry King at their home in Anna, Ill. Jerry was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1978. He can no longer go to the bathroom, bathe or dress himself without assistance from Pauline. You promise in sickness and in health, but a new poll shows becoming a caregiver to a frail spouse causes more stress than having to care for Mom, Dad or even the in-laws. Americans count on their families to care for them as they get older, with good reason: Half of people 40 and over already have been caregivers to relatives or friends, the poll found. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)
WASHINGTON (AP) — You promise in sickness and in health, but a new poll shows being a caregiver for a frail spouse causes more stress than caring for parents or the in-laws.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found Americans 40 and over count on family to care for them as they get older, with good reason: Half of people 40 and over have been caregivers.
But neither the graying population nor their loved ones are doing much planning for long-term care. In fact, people are far more likely to disclose funeral plans to friends and family than reveal their preferences for assistance with day-to-day living as they grow older.
The poll shows support for policy changes to help, including tax breaks for long-term care and more community services.