This Father’s Day, Celebrate Male Family Caregivers Rising to the Challenge

Most people think of family caregivers as women taking care of their aging parents or children. What many don’t know is that 40 percent of the 40 million family caregivers in this country are men. These men range in age from 20-something to 60-something and up. Some step into the role suddenly after a family member or friend is injured or falls ill; for others, the role increases gradually as parents age or someone close is diagnosed with a fatal …

When a Father Becomes a Caregiver for His Wife

When telling the story of my caregiving journey, listeners regularly react in some mix of amazement and pity at my need to juggle the responsibilities of being caregiver to my wife, Kim, and raising my young daughter, Reagan. I often just smile and tell them that I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Caregiving can be a dreadful and isolating experience. I certainly throw my fair share of pity parties for myself, and at times it is overwhelmingly difficult …

One in Four: New Public Policy Institute Report Spotlights Millennial Family Caregivers

En español | When people talk about family caregivers, Millennials are not always part of the conversation. Yet as the report Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 found, close to 1 in 4 family caregivers (24%) are Millennials. Nevertheless, this caregiver group still hasn’t received much attention or been the subject of much exploration. A new PPI Spotlight report from the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers, helps fill this gap and provides the first …

Connecting Expectation and Reality: The Home Alone Alliance Takes Center Stage at Aging in America

Getting our research off the page and into policy and practice is a critical component of the Public Policy Institute’s work. We know that in order to help older adults, family caregivers of all ages and the professionals who support them, we need to back up our facts and research findings with concrete action steps. At this week’s Aging in America, the national conference of the American Society on Aging, the Public Policy Institute and its key partners will showcase …

New Year’s Resolution: Have Those Hard Conversations about Long-Term Care

The New Year offers us the opportunity to start anew. We make plans to hit the gym, sleep more, and eat healthier. We commit to spending more time with family and friends rather than merely clicking likes and posting comments on Facebook or sending emojis via text. We resolve to save more and stress less.  Many of us even create plans with specific strategies to increase the odds we’ll be successful in reaching our goals. Yet there are those areas of …

Building a Family Caregiving Strategy to Align with the Real Needs of Families

In workplaces and at kitchen tables across the country, Americans are grappling with a growing issue that touches so many of us: the enormous struggles we face when caring for relatives and friends who need ongoing help because of a chronic illness, disability, or a serious health condition. Although family caregiving is an intensely personal issue, it also has become a critical public policy matter that can no longer be ignored. It touches just about every family in every state …