Growing number of students in US caring for aging or sick relatives while studying

August 9, 2019

A growing number of students in the US are pursuing post-secondary studies while caring for aging or sick relatives, and this comes with an increased risk of dropping out, reports Emma Whitford. An AARP report found that in 2015, about 10 million people aged 18 to 34 in the US were providing care for an elderly or disabled loved one. Whitford notes that the issue has a demonstrated impact on student wellness, although institutions have been slow to acknowledge that caring for a loved one is a responsibility for a growing number of students. Chronicle of Higher Education (International)