For years, research has shown that caring for an aging family member may put a caregiver's health at risk. Now, a National Institutes of Health study suggests that your "personality type" can possibly help predict just how risky caregiving might be for you.
For an aging person, the move to a skilled nursing facility is a costly one. Nationwide, the average annual cost of a semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) in 2011 was $78,110. And the cost is clearly rising.
Watching a loved one grow old is filled with emotional upheaval, and when you compound that with other stresses -- rush-hour traffic, deadlines, sick children, dirty laundry -- caregivers are often left holding the bag.