family caregivers

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|0 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|0 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

Trump Backs Paid Leave for New Parents, But Ignores Those Caring For The Elderly

The Trump Administration believes that caring for babies is so important that employers should give their parents up to six weeks of paid leave. It apparently doesn’t believe it is as important, or as disruptive to work life, to care for aging parents or other relatives in need of personal assistance. That, at least, is the message it is sending [...]

By |2017-06-09T10:17:33-04:00June 9th, 2017|family caregivers|0 Comments

Men Are Family Caregivers Too

About four in 10 family caregivers are men—sons, husbands, brothers, sons-in-law, or neighbors. We are nearly always ignored in discussions about caregiving, lost in the stereotype of the family caregiver as a 40-something daughter. Finally, AARP is shining a much-needed spotlight on these men. A new study by Jean Accius at AARP’s Public Policy Institute paints a valuable, and rare, [...]

By |2017-04-12T14:30:28-04:00April 12th, 2017|family caregivers|0 Comments

It Costs More To Care For Frail Older Adults Than To Raise Kids

It costs families more to care for a frail older adult than to raise a child for the first 17 years of her life. Yet, while the government routinely provides a broad range of assistance and free services for children, it offers only limited benefits for those needing long-term supports and services—and mostly only for those who are impoverished and [...]

By |2017-01-18T11:41:33-05:00January 18th, 2017|family caregivers|1 Comment