physical demands of caregiving

Physical demands and caregiving

Many of us are living and working longer compared with previous generations. In countries such as Australia, older people (>65 years) now represent nearly 16% of the population and is expected to increase to 22% by 2057. This is a result of low birth rates and an increase life expectancy.  Furthermore, an older population necessitates greater needs for caregiving especially as they become more dependent. Remaining at home is generally a preferred option for older adults rather than living in an institutionalized setting.  However, the responsibility of care giving often shifts to “informal caregivers” — typically, family and friends.

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