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Sat, 24 Oct, 2015 12:09:15 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Oct 24

Nearly a third of the population of working Finns take care of their loved ones due to old age, illness or disability, found a study by the University of Helsinki.

The study found out that up to 700,000 Finns juggle between care-giving and work.

A typical caregiver is a woman in her fifties. Men also often take care of their retired spouses.

According to the study, taking care of loved ones may require shortening of working duration and may also bar working on weekends as well as overtime.

Helsinki resident Monica Björkell-Ruhl points out that there is a third side to care-giving: the ability of one to cope.

According to Björkell-Ruhl, seeking different support takes time and energy. Björkell-Ruhl takes care of her seven-year old boy, Mikael, whose hereditary chromosomal aberration causes a number of symptoms such as mild intellectual disability, asthma, heart disease, hearing loss and sleep problems.
 

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