woman giving man medicine Many caregivers end up curtailing hours at work or even leaving work altogether to provide care, regardless of what such actions end up costing them in current and future income. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Unpaid caregivers—family members and friends who step in to help when someone needs assistance due to health issues—are themselves at risk for poor health, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

The study, which spanned the years 2015–2017, found that while approximately 17.7 million people act as informal, unpaid caregivers, they pay for doing so in terms of their own health. In fact, 19.2 percent of informal, unpaid caregivers reported being in fair or poor health.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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