A friend recently told me she didn't understand how I survived 2012. It was a rough year, to say the least, for our family. In retrospect, I know that I do what each of the other 42 million caregivers across this nation do - we just keep going - what else are we to do? The good news is that along with the challenges, there are also many triumphs, blessings and lessons learned. As I look back at the past year, here are just a few of ours:As 2012 began, Dad came home from the hospital with a feeding tube. Two months of struggle and repeated hospital visits followed. He couldn't eat or remember that he was literally attached to a machine. It was a nightmare.
I was pleased to be included as an expert in a recent NBC Nightly News three-part series on caregiving. The series culminated in a segment in which I was interviewed about multigenerational living.
Editor's note: This post follows the first in this two-part series, Multigenerational Living on the Rise. These posts are modified from Amy Goyer's article, Multigenerational Living is Rising, and May be to Everyone's Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging's Aging Today.
Editor's note: This post is modified from Amy Goyer's article, Multigenerational Living Is Rising, and May Be to Everyone's Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging's Aging Today magazine.
I've had a strange obsession with watching The Waltons the past few months. I find myself DVRing every episode on three different channels. I watch 4 episodes a day. For some reason, I've been oddly attracted to their TV-land multigenerational family living and the connection to my childhood (when The Waltons was in its prime.)
A new Census Bureau report confirms what every re-feathered nest, caregiving combo, or extended family household knows: Following the recent recession, there were more combined households in 2010 (22 million - 18.7 percent of all households) than there were in 2007 (19.7 million.) And guess what else? Personal poverty rates are higher among the adults who live in these households.
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