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It's a bond of service that currently unites 53 million Americans and is among the most important things any of us will ever do. Being a family caregiver is profoundly important work, but findings from the new Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report reveal that the job has never been more difficult. We share key takeaways, plus resources and perspective that can help you or the caregivers in your life.

We also offer actionable suggestions for how to be a great virtual grandparent during the coronavirus pandemic, explore ways in which the pandemic may lead to better long-term care and address reasons why people of color report feeling the loneliest at work — and how their colleagues can help.

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Caregiving in America: The Strain, the Pain, the Emotional Drain
The new Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving tells a piercing message: the job is not only often tough, it's tougher than what the researchers found in their 2015 report. READ MORE
 
How to Be a Great Virtual Grandparent
Many of our readers have told us that not spending time with grandchildren has been one of the most difficult repercussions of the pandemic. Liz Seegert has 7 ways to strengthen the bond with your grandchildren while sheltering in place. READ MORE
 
Why People of Color Feel the Loneliest at Work
In a recent survey, 37% of Hispanic workers and 30% of African-American workers said they felt abandoned by coworkers when under pressure at work. By contrast, 25% of white workers felt that way. This isn't the only staggering statistic. So why is this the reality? READ MORE
 
Will the Pandemic Lead to Better, Safer Long-Term Care Facilities?
The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to America's most vulnerable elders in long-term care facilities. Now more than ever is the time to reform policies, practices and financing — this is how to do it.   READ MORE
 
How to Stay Safe From COVID-19 at the Pharmacy
Due to the pandemic, routine activities now require more planning than before, including a once simple run to the pharmacy. Two pharmacists share essential guidance on how to stay safe. READ MORE
 

When Your Bucket List Goes Belly Up
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The Pandemic Paradox for Older Workers
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