Informal caregivers are spouses, adult children, and other family members who provide unpaid care to a family member. It's estimated that more than 34 million people are caring for an older adult in their family or close circle of friends. Of those family carers, 15.7 million of them deal specifically with someone diagnosed with dementia.
Before you agree to be the main caregiver to your parents, you should stop and consider the expectations vs. realities. Sometimes, people mean well and find that daily care routines are more stressful than imagined. They become stressed and overwhelmed without having thought everything through and making sure there's the right balance of self-care and caregiving duties.