Nearly 60 percent of Americans are supporting either elderly parents or young adult children in some way, support that can often pose a roadblock to retirement, according to national financial education nonprofit American Consumer Credit Counseling.

In its survey, ACCC found that almost 20 percent of those who help pay the way for another family member are either unable to pay their own debts or are racking up fresh bills in the process, and 12 percent said that they have put off retiring because of it.

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