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Ample anecdotal evidence suggests that the pandemic has significantly increased the burden on caregivers, and a new study has quantified the impact.

“There are both challenges and opportunities associated with caregiving,” according to a report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The challenges, it says, are well-documented by many studies, “including decreased use of preventive health services, increased risk for negative physical and/or mental health outcomes and missed opportunities that result from the reduced time spent nurturing other important relationships and responsibilities, both at home and in the workplace.”

 

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