What does it mean to be a caregiver in America?

BY Colleen Shalby  June 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM EST
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Photo by John Moore/Getty Images

Not everyone who’s a caregiver does so for a living. Many people in the U.S. are long-term caregivers for ailing family members, spending, on average, 20 hours a week caring for loved ones.

Whether it’s your job, or simply your responsibility, there is no single description for what it means to be a caregiver in America. To better understand what longterm care entails, PBS NewsHour hosted a Twitter chat on that very topic.

Joining the conversation were members from the ElderCare Workforce Alliance, and AARP’s aging, home and family expert Amy Goyer. You can view that discussion below.