family caregivers

Donald Trump’s Plan to Support Family Caregivers

Early in the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton proposed a package of ideas aimed at helping adult children who care for aging parents and other relatives. Yesterday, Donald Trump embraced  a similar idea. Family caregiving, it seems, is going mainstream. It is striking that both Clinton and Trump are talking about an issue that until now has flown far below the [...]

By |2016-09-14T11:35:19-04:00September 14th, 2016|family caregivers|0 Comments

Democratic and Republican Platforms Back Home-Based Care For Older Adults

For the first time, both major political parties have explicitly recognized in their platforms the need for community-based long-term care. While the Democratic and Republican platforms included few specific recommendations, the fact that they acknowledged the importance of personal assistance and social supports for older adults (and in the Democrats’ case, for younger people with disabilities) is a significant step [...]

By |2016-07-27T12:45:05-04:00July 27th, 2016|aging in place, family caregivers|0 Comments

How much is family caregiving worth?

What are family caregivers worth? As the credit card commercial says, they are priceless. But they also have a financial value. And calculating that value is important as we consider ways to help them. For example, before Congress creates new government supports for family members who help aging parents or other relatives with disabilities, it will want to know if [...]

By |2016-06-10T15:03:33-04:00June 10th, 2016|aging in place, family caregivers|0 Comments

Can Big Data Help Us Understand the Lives of Family Caregivers

What do family caregivers really do? What is their day like? Remarkably, though there are tens of millions of children, parents, and spouses in the US helping millions of frail older adults and younger people with disabilities, we know very little about their daily experiences. In an effort to better understand what it is like to care for a relative [...]

By |2016-05-18T15:08:26-04:00May 18th, 2016|family caregivers|0 Comments

Hillary Clinton Puts Family Caregiving on the Political Front-Burner

For the first time in years, maybe for the first time ever, a major presidential candidate has put family caregiving on the political front-burner. Over the weekend, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton proposed a package of ideas aimed at assisting those who are caring for aging parents or other family members. Her ideas are modest and won’t provide the level [...]

By |2015-11-23T17:39:27-04:00November 23rd, 2015|family caregivers|0 Comments

The Challenges Of Caring For A Loved One With Dementia

Family caregivers help loved ones suffering from many illnesses, from heart disease to severe arthritis. But a new study shows that one condition—dementia—places an outsized burden on those family members. They spend more hours, do more difficult work, and provide assistance for more years than family members caring for older adults without memory loss. An article in the journal Health Affairs [...]

By |2015-10-26T09:00:36-04:00October 26th, 2015|dementia, family caregivers|0 Comments

We Need to do a Better Job Caring for 40 Million Family Caregivers

Family caregivers are invisible. Those children, spouses, or other relatives who provide personal assistance to loved ones with physical or cognitive limitations are often taken for granted or even ignored. But without them, our system of long-term supports and services would collapse. Frail elders and younger people with disabilities would get sicker. Hospitalizations would increase. Medicare and Medicaid costs would [...]

By |2015-07-27T10:15:34-04:00July 27th, 2015|family caregivers|4 Comments

A New Way For Family Caregivers To Get Lawmakers’ Attention

Here is a political mystery: At least 44 million Americans are caring for aging parents or other relatives and friends. That’s more than one of every six adults in the US—an enormous voting block. Yet, their interests are largely ignored both in Washington and in state capitals. Now, the Altarum Institute, a non-partisan, Washington-based research organization, has come up with [...]

By |2015-06-15T14:51:47-04:00June 15th, 2015|family caregivers|0 Comments