Some don't think children should help aging parents, study finds

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Beliefs about the need to care for aging parents differ by age group, a new study reveals.


While young and middle-aged adults think they should care for aging parents, adults over the age of 65 don't necessarily think so. They are less likely to believe that younger family members should help aging adults. University of Missouri-Columbia researchers conducted the study.
Larry Ganong, professor of nursing, and Marilyn Coleman, professor of human development and family studies, surveyed more than 3,300 adults over four years. Professors asked them questions while describing scenarios where an older parent or stepparent needed help with physical care, financial aid or other needs.
For more information on the study, go to http://munews.missouri.edu/NewsBureauSingleNews.cfm?newsid=5042