1 big thing: America's quieter crisis
America's caregivers are increasingly putting their own needs last in order to sustain their charges through an increasingly complicated health care system, according to a new AP-NORC poll.
The big picture: "Four in 10 Americans have provided long-term care to an older relative or friend... for nearly a quarter of them... the amount of time spent on caregiving duties is equivalent to a full-time job."
By the numbers:
- "Nearly 40 percent of caregivers have a health problem, physical disability or mental health condition that impacts their daily life or limits their activities."
- "44 percent sleep less [as a result of caregiving], and 17 percent increase alcohol or tobacco use."
- Less than a quarter of caregivers have talked to their personal doctors about their roles.
The bottom line: "Caregivers and their charges 'should be treated simultaneously,' said University of Pittsburgh aging specialist Richard Schulz. 'They should be looked at as a unit,' because if the caregiver burns out, the patient may have no one left."
Bonus: Pic du jour
President Trump makes a flyover as he tours the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida.
2. What you missed
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3. 1 celeb thing
The 10 most polarizing celebrities in America, according to a Morning Consult poll measuring their gap in net favorability among Republicans vs. Democrats:
- Beyonce (66)
- Sean Hannity (65)
- Rush Limbaugh (61)
- Ellen DeGeneres (56)
- LeBron James (50)
- Jay-Z (48)
- Katy Perry (44)
- Lady Gaga (43)
- Rihanna (38)
- George Clooney (36)