sarah pattersonNew research shows that seniors who need help with daily care and activities are more than twice as likely to get that help from their own biological children as opposed to their stepchildren.

The University of Michigan study used data from a 2015 National Health and Aging Trends Study. It investigated whether older parents with care needs received different levels of care from biological offspring compared to stepfamilies.

The study found that older parents “in need of care were more than twice as likely to receive care from their adult children if they had biological instead of stepfamilies.

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