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The CARE Act: Caring for Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI was a family caregiver for my Mom and Pop for more than 15 years. After all they’d done for me, it was my pleasure to care for them. Through the years, we were in and out of a dozen hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Each time at discharge, I was handed a dizzying array of responsibilities to ensure my parents recovered from illness and regained their health and happiness. Medication changes, wound care, nebulizers and more became part of our …

Who Cares? Boomers Don’t Want to Live With Their Adult Kids, Either

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingGuess what Millennials? Your boomer parents aren’t dying to move in with you if they need care in retirement. That’s one of the takeaways of a new study. (With three young adult children, that’s what first caught my eye!) Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Center for a Secure Retirement surveyed 1,299 Americans ages 49-67 (boomers) with an annual income of $25,000-$75,000 to find out their views on their future as recipients of care. In the study, boomers say that in the past …

What Are We Willing—and Not Willing—to Do for Mom and Dad?

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHow do we view our role in taking care of our parents? Are we willing to help them out financially? What about having them move in with us? And, what are our expectations for our own children when we need help? These intriguing questions are addressed in a just-released national, online study. This past June, MORE magazine surveyed 751 adults age 18+ with at least one living parent or guardian. The full story with results will be published online in the coming …

Cromwell, Bujold, and Longtime Love

Posted on 07/12/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentHe’s played memorable supporting roles in more than 160 movies—and was even nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar after costarring with a pig in Babe. Now, in the drama Still Mine, James Cromwell is getting raves, including my review, for his first-ever lead role and he is savoring every moment. “This is my first try at it,”  Cromwell, 71, tells me on this week’s Movies for Grownups radio show. “I don’t know that I’ll ever get another one because …

Older, Homeless, No Family Caregiver — What Do They Do?

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingGet ready to see more older homeless men and women on the street. Since most don’t have families or are estranged from them, there’s no family caregiver. Here’s a TED talk that gives perspective on homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports there are 1.6 million homeless people a year on any given day. According to an NPR story, more than half of single homeless adults are age 47+. Younger boomers born between 1955-1965 are driving the aging …

Caregiving and Learning to Breathe

Posted on 02/8/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingOne goes through so many emotions as a caregiver- fear, sadness, anger, joy, surprise, just to name a few- but the one emotion I probably felt most often was simply, overwhelmed. That single feeling of being out of control and always on my guard amplified whatever other emotion I might have been experiencing at any given time. It wasn’t really until Dad already had spent six months or so in his nearby nursing home that I finally learned how to …