Plan ahead to take "caregiver fatigue" out of senior care

Plan ahead to take "caregiver fatigue" out of senior care
According to a report from AARP, most caregivers spend at least 24 hours a week tending to their loved one.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As baby boomers age, more Americans are finding themselves in a caregiving role.

It's no small task.

According to a report from AARP, most caregivers spend at least 24 hours a week tending to their loved one.

Joyce Mitchell, 86, decided to move to a retirement community after her husband, Roger, passed away in 2013.

They had talked about retirement communities, and where they'd live when the time came.

Making plans that proved to be a blessing for their four daughters.

Dr. Karli Urban, a geriatrician with University of Missouri Health Care, recommends involving the family physician.

"None of us, early on, unfortunately, kinda know what the future holds," Urban said. "But there are certain things all of us really need to do."

Dr. Urban says it's important to make living arrangements and get your legal paperwork in order before there's a crisis situation.

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