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Caregiving? Take care to plan for long term

Dec 09, 2011 -- 8:18 am
With the job market still sputtering and program funding drying up, many families caring for loved ones with special needs are struggling to pay everyday bills.

Difficult as it is, however, they need to plan for the long term, experts say, not only for their loved ones but also for their own retirement. They will have some trade-offs, such as retiring later than planned, and possibly making difficult choices when it comes to elective treatments.

Nearly seven in 10 caregivers are very concerned about being able to provide lifetime care for their dependents with special needs, according to an annual survey sponsored by the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning. For more information please click: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/yourmoney/sc-cons-1208-journey-20111209,0,4874972.story

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