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Anyone who lives an hour or more from the person they are caring for is considered a long-distance caregiver, according to the National Institute on Aging.

“Long-Distance Caregiving: Getting Started.” National Institute on Aging, May 2014

Long-distance caregiving can take many forms, and some people who are helping loved ones from afar may not view themselves as long-distance caregivers.

“Long-Distance Caregiving: Getting Started.” National Institute on Aging, May 2014

According to analysis by the Alzheimer’s Association, long-distance caregivers have significantly higher annual out-of-pocket costs than local caregivers, spending an average of $9,654 compared with $5,055 for local caregivers.

2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s Association, March 2013.

According to a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Mature Market Institute, almost half (44 percent) of long-distance caregivers had to rearrange their work schedules in order to take care of their caregiving responsibilities and more than a third reported missing days of work.

Miles Away: The MetLife Study of Long-Distance Caregiving. National Alliance for Caregiving, July 2004.

A geriatric care manager is a health and human services specialist who acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults.

“What is a geriatric care manager?” National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

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