Special Report Explores Caregiving in America

I have been very public about caregiving for my parents over the past several years, but I know that the majority of the 42 million family caregivers in the U.S. aren’t as vocal as I have been about the challenges we face. Thanks to a recent special report in the Washington Post, this “quiet force caring for an aging America, as it is described, is getting national media attention. Perhaps our voices will not be so quiet as more Americans become …

Walter Cronkite’s WWII Letters Home in New Book

Before he was the voice of his generation and “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite was a 20-something war correspondent writing letters home to his new wife. Now his namesake and grandson, Walter Cronkite IV, has complied the letters in a book, Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. The grandson, a recent college graduate, is working in Washington these days at, of course, CBS News. That’s where Cronkite, who died in 2009, anchored the evening news after …

Are You Giving Up on the News?

They were our heroes. Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president. The New York Times published “The Pentagon Papers” in the face of government resistance to revealing damaging truths. “Uncle” Walter Cronkite spoke for many Americans when he concluded that the Vietnam War was not winnable. Many in our generation saw the news media as a positive force in society, driving out secrecy and corruption with the “disinfecting” light of information. Today, as a recent AARP poll shows, journalists have …

AARP’s Motivation? What’s Best for Older Americans

As Election Day draws near and political rhetoric grows heated, AARP’s support for the Affordable Care Act, known to some as “Obamacare, is once again the subject of scrutiny by some in Congress and the media. Despite what the critics may say, the simple truth of the matter is that AARP makes policy decisions based on what we believe to be in the best interests of Americans over age 50. For more than 54 years, AARP has been driven solely …

Social Security Lessons for Media from AARP Members

This week the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) scolded the media for their coverage of Social Security in a piece called How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate.  Trudy Lieberman writes “For nearly three years CJR has observed that much of the press has reported only one side of this story using ‘facts’ that are misleading or flat-out wrong while ignoring others. The piece helps underscore a key reason AARP has launched You’ve Earned a Say: to raise the …

Valuing the Invaluable – Me

I spent most of yesterday doing media interviews about a new report AARP released called, “Valuing the Invaluable” – which did just that…it put a dollar value on me. I know my parents feel I’m invaluable – but I didn’t realize anyone else did! The value of over 40 billion hours of care that 62 million family members – like you and me - provided for our loved ones in 2009 came to $450 BILLION. That’s as much or more than the total sales of …