Caring for Ill Family Members a Source of Anxiety for Women

A Forbes news item found that 66 percent of both black and white women are worried about caring for sick family members.

Though Hispanics were not included in the study, a 2008 report found that one-third of Hispanic households had at least one caregiver under its roof, 75 percent of which were women.

The reliance

on female family members comes while Congress fails to renew legislation that supports caregivers.

Caregivers who care for family members take home less pay from their jobs, are removed from advancement, or have to quit. This also means a hardship for the family, without Social Security and retirement income.