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Covid-19 Has Made Caregiving Harder, But Isn’t Making Americans More Likely To Plan For Their Old Age

The covid-19 pandemic has increased the burden on family caregivers and made Americans more insistent than ever on receiving their own care at home, rather than in a long-term care facility. Yet, they are in more denial than before the pandemic about the likelihood they or a loved one will need  personal assistance at some time in their lives. As [...]

By |2020-10-27T11:49:02-04:00October 14th, 2020|family caregivers|0 Comments

Coronavirus Is Changing The Way We Care For Frail Older Adults

The coronavirus pandemic and the fast-moving federal response to it is upending long-standing rules and practices for caring for older adults. Some changes will be incredibly disruptive, while others may   increase support for vulnerable seniors. Here are some of the ways they are affecting how we care for our parents. No more nursing home visits. Just a week ago, the [...]

By |2020-03-16T09:47:45-04:00March 16th, 2020|family caregivers|3 Comments

Compassion Isn’t Enough For Family Caregivers. They Need Training Too.

Family members and friends are the bedrock of our system of personal care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. Without their support, the nation’s hospitals and nursing homes would be filled to the rafters with very sick, frail seniors. And many of those older adults would die before their time. Those family caregivers often provide assistance with [...]

By |2020-01-14T10:05:45-05:00January 14th, 2020|family caregivers|0 Comments

Policymakers Still Are Not Paying Attention To The Needs Of Frail Elders And Their Families

Nearly all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls have proposed or supported plans to create a federal family leave program that would include those who are caring for frail parents or other relatives. That’s gratifying. It’s too bad that in this week’s debate, all but Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) appear to have forgotten the fact. They were happy to chime in [...]

By |2019-11-22T11:10:22-05:00November 22nd, 2019|family caregivers|0 Comments

A Tool That Helps Family Caregivers Map Their Support Systems

You are caring for a loved one. On top of everything else, you feel absolutely alone—as if you are doing this tough work with no help. But maybe, just maybe, you have more support than you think. A creative tool called Atlas CareMaps is a deceptively simple but powerful way to identify all the connections in your life. It helps [...]

By |2019-04-22T11:10:08-04:00April 22nd, 2019|family caregivers|2 Comments

The Changing Demographics of Family Caregivers

Are family caregivers—and care recipients--getting younger? Are men more likely to care for parents and other relatives than in the past? Perhaps, according to a recent survey by the long-term care insurance company Genworth. The survey found that about half of family caregivers now are men. That’s significantly higher than the 40 percent in other studies. At the same time, [...]

By |2019-01-09T20:14:11-05:00December 26th, 2018|family caregivers|0 Comments

Trump’s Latest Immigration Curbs Threaten Older Adults Who Need Personal Care

Tough new rules proposed by the Trump Administration would make it effectively impossible for immigrants to come to the US to work as home health aides or as staff at nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Because at least one million aides (one of every four) is an immigrant, the complex rules Trump proposed over the weekend would dry up [...]

By |2018-09-26T11:37:22-04:00September 26th, 2018|family caregivers|5 Comments

The Benefits And Limits Of Paid Leave For Family Caregivers

Last week, Microsoft announced it will require its vendors to provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents. Nice thought, but the tech giant missed an important opportunity. By limiting the required benefit only to new parents, it is ignoring the needs of workers caring for spouses, siblings, or aging parents. In some respects that’s not surprising. [...]

By |2018-09-05T15:27:04-04:00September 5th, 2018|family caregivers|0 Comments

There Are More Millennial Caregivers Than You Think: This Is What They Are Like

When we think about family caregivers, we usually picture spouses or 50-something adult children.  But, it turns out, about one-third of Americans have helped care for an older loved one by age 40. In some respects, those millennials resemble older caregivers: They are as likely to underestimate the need for long-term supports and services in old age and they misunderstand [...]

By |2018-05-18T09:51:38-04:00May 18th, 2018|family caregivers|0 Comments

Giving Family Caregivers A Seat At The Policy Table

When Congress and the White House develop health or long-term care policy, they hear plenty from providers, drug or medical device makers, and scores of other lobbyists and advocates for various interests. But they rarely hear from family caregivers—those people in the trenches who struggle every day to assist their loved ones. On Monday night, Congress passed a bipartisan bill [...]

By |2018-02-14T12:43:53-05:00January 10th, 2018|family caregivers|0 Comments