Caring from a Distance

Occupy Elder Care: Why Caregivers are Bad Advocates

Why are caregivers for the elderly such bad advocates? There are 40-60  million Americans caring for loved ones yet their needs are widely ignored by the political system.  Thus, politicians rarely rouse themselves to do much to help, and when budget-cutting time comes, what little assistance there is often ends up on the block. The inability of caregivers to organize politically was a major topic of [...]

By |2011-12-07T20:45:42-05:00December 7th, 2011|Aging, family caregivers, long term care reform|3 Comments

The Coming Budget Freeze on Elder Care, and What to Do About It

Prepare yourself for big new cuts in government support for elder care.   In his State of the Union address last evening, President Obama called for a five-year freeze on a narrow slice of the federal budget. Unfortunately, programs subject to the freeze would include many that are critically important to the frail elderly and younger people with disabilities--especially those living in [...]