Former Washington Post executive editor Benjamin C. Bradlee was one of the biggest names in journalism. He was so big that when the world thought of him, it pictured Jason Robards, the actor who portrayed Bradlee in the hit 1976 movie All the President's Men.
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 aware of the "caregiving cliff" we are headed toward.
If you watched the TV series " Lou Grant," you might cling to an image of newspaper owners in the mold of Mrs. Pynchon, the aristocratic, high-minded widow who struggled to keep the Los Angeles Tribune afloat. The character, played by the late Nancy Marchand, was based in large part on Katharine Graham, the a real-life elegant heiress and publisher of the Washington Post.
According to this very personal article from Michelle Singletary at the Washington Post, "by 2020, 12 million older Americans will need long-term care. And when they need that care, they will realize that they and the caregivers they will have to lean on are woefully unprepared for the cost."
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