Responsibility of Caring for Aging Parents Not Shared Among Siblings, Study Finds

The responsibility of caring for aging parents falls on the shoulders of one child, instead of being distributed among all siblings, finds a report from Northwestern Mutual.

The report says 2 in 5 caregivers are caring for or have cared for a parent, with 83 percent of them having a sibling. Only 1 in 10 say siblings equally share responsibilities as a team. 40 percent say their siblings don’t help at all and 41 percent say while siblings offer some help, they are the primary caregiver. 58 percent of caregivers feel they did not have a choice in becoming a caregiver and it was completely unexpected.