On Thursday, I’ll be participating in an ambitous program sponsored by AARP where 10 authors will discuss their experiences and views about the challenges of family caregiving. Most of us have had the personal experience of caring for family members and know about the subject first-hand.
Some of our books, such as my own Caring for Our Parents, use the personal stories of caregivers to describe the nation’s flawed long-term care policy. Others, such as Peter Rabins (who wrote the terrific The 36-hour Day) provide valuable advice. But I’ll be most excited to meet the novelist Walter Mosley, whose most recent book “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey”, is a powerful story of a man suffering from dementia and the young woman who cares for him.
Other participating authors will include Carol Levine, Bob Kane, Suzanne Mintz, Cheryl Woodson, Gail Sheehy, Jonathan Rauch, and Jane Gross–all of whom surely will have interesting things to say about caregiving and caregivers.
The program will be held at Union Station in Washington, D.C. this Thursday, December 1 from 9:00 AM to Noon. To learn more, to attend, or to register for the Webcast, link here.
Missed it but I hope you’ll talk more about it.
Most people overestimate the cost of a good long-term care policy. A healthy, married couple in their mid/late fifties, can share a policy that starts off with over a half million in benefits for about $100 per month per spouse.
There’s a new type of government-approved long-term care policy that can protect your assets from Medicaid even after the policy runs out of benefits. Here’s an explanation of how these policies work: