Here's a surprising statistic: More than 65.7 million Americans—almost 30 percent of the adult population—are caregivers. All this week, The Takeaway peeks into the lives of these caregivers to learn what it is like to care for an adult child with autism, an injured veteran, a disabled loved one, and an aging population suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s at an unprecedented rate.
The caregiver is certainly the most common, and commonly unrecognized job in America. There are no tax breaks for those working as caregivers, certainly no pay, and often no breaks in a routine that is a matter of life and death for the person being cared for.
Susan Senator is the mother of Nat Batchelder, who suffers from autism and lives in a residential living facility. Linda Carney-Goodrich cares for her adult son, Philip Carney-Goodrich, in her home. Susan and Linda discuss what it's like to care for an autistic child into adulthood.