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Kendall and Kylie Jenner Are Stepping up to Take Care of Their Ailing Grandma MJ

Kris Jenner needs a break from being on call with her mom, MJ.

By Marianne Garvey

Who doesn’t love MJ? Sadly, Kris Jenner’s sweet mom, who makes frequent appearances on Keeping up with the Kardashians, has been experiencing health issues and has everyone worried.

Kris has been on call whenever MJ needs her, and it’s stressing her out. And that woman can handle a lot! In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode of KUWTK, it’s Kendall and Kylie Jenner who step up to offer to help their mom care for their grandmother. At a lunch with her two youngest daughters, Kendall calls MJ to let her know she can call or text them whenever she needs to.

“I just wanted to call you and tell you that Kylie and I took my mom so she could relax and that if you need anything, you can text me and Kylie, because we’re with her,” says Kendall.

“I’ll call you if I have a problem,” MJ tells her.

“Yes, please,” Kendall replies. “We love you.”

The sisters said they wanted their mom to have some time to herself. “Kylie and I have been talking and we decided that we will trade you MJ duties so that you can have more free time — give you some time to breathe,” Kendall says.

“I would love to spend more time with MJ,” Kylie adds.

“I mean, I’m not going to lie, it would be really great to have a little bit of support in that area,” Kris tells the girls. “I sometimes don’t know what to do with her, because if she doesn’t feel like going out… but if she had more visitors, that would be really terrific for her. She would love to have you guys around. That would make me feel so much better. I can breathe for a minute.”

“We’ll be there,” Kylie says. “Enjoy yourself.”

It's hard to feel bad when you imagine all the money Kris has to help her mom, but she really has been there. She even moved her to Calabasas to be closer to the family.

And caregiving does take an emotional toll on the caregiver. One report found, "29 percent of family caregivers spend 40 hours or more per week on caregiving responsibilities," and suffer emotional turmoil as a result.

"While caregiving can be an extremely rewarding experience, it can also result in hefty physical, emotional and financial strains," says the report. "Notably, while 86 percent of respondents indicated that their responsibility is a rewarding experience, findings clearly point to a number of burdens and challenges faced by those who take on this duty.

We know that caregiving for others, especially when the caregiver is older, can have negative effects on mental, emotional and physical health ... Nobody should take the weight of caregiving entirely on their own shoulders."

This is where Kendall and Kylie come in. In fact, another report says that more than 10 million millennials work and are caregivers at the same time.

"Perhaps that sounds a little young to be a caregiver, but it’s not. Statistics show that more than 10 million millennials in the U.S. are acting as unpaid caregivers — that’s one quarter of all unpaid caregivers in the U.S.," says the report, adding, "On average, millennials spend 21 hours per week on caregiving duties (i.e., just over half the time that constitutes a full-time work week) and nearly three quarters of them (73 percent) do it while also working a job."

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