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New study says young adults stressed about long-term care of loved ones

Amy Wilson (right) takes care of her mother Becky (left). (Image: Amy Wilson)

Many Americans juggle working a full time job, raising a family, while also taking care of a loved one.

A new poll by the Associated Press says young adults feel stressed out about providing long term care to an older friend or relative.

Amy Wilson says taking care of her mom came a little earlier in life than she thought it would.

Her mother, Becky Freeman, was diagnosed with cancer 12 years ago.

"It was stage 4 and they told us there's no way she could live," she said.

Those who know her weren't surprised she beat the odds and survived - but it came at a price.

The chemo did permanent damage.

"It hurts her to even move, often," Wilson said.

Two years ago, Becky moved in with her daughter.

It was a weird role reversal for them both.

Christin McWhorter works at the Southeast Tennessee Agency on Aging and Disability.

She says it's common to deal with that role reversal.

"So now you have children who are trying to help adult parents make decisions when maybe they miss the role of them being the parent and that's hard for a lot of younger caregiver," McWhorter said.

McWhorter says she's not surprised by the poll that says most young adults are worried about taking care of their parents, or someone else, in the future.

The Southeast Tennessee Agency on Aging and Disability provides resources to caretakers like support groups.

"They haven't thought about what they're going to do for their own long term care or end of life wishes and wants and desires and so having to make those decisions for their loved ones is very hard and very stressful," she said.

The agency provides support groups for young caregivers and other resources to help them deal with the stressful situation.

You can contact them at 866-836-6678.

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