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USA Today Series Examines Issues Related To Elder Care

November 02, 2017

USA Today on Monday published several articles on issues related to elder care as part of a five-day series. Headlines and summaries appear below.
"Becoming 'Parent of Your Parent' an Emotionally Wrenching Process": "Caring for elderly parents ... can threaten the emotional health," as well as the physical health, of caregivers and their families, USA Today reports (Fetterman [1], USA Today, 6/25).

"Elder Care Shifting Away From Nursing Homes": A "shift away from institutionalized care is growing" among adult children who care for their elderly parents because of "the growth of less-restrictive types of care," such as assisted-living facilities and supervised adult day care, USA Today reports (Block, USA Today, 6/25).

"Growing Up Meant Becoming a Caregiver": The article profiles Ray Payton, a Virginia woman who cares for both of her grandparents in their home and works two jobs to pay for their expenses (Fetterman [2], USA Today, 6/25).

"Many Worry About Being Able To Care for Relatives in the Future": Almost half of the 59% of baby boomers who do not offer personal or financial help or both to their elderly parents have concerns about their ability to offer such help in the future, according to a USA Today/ABC News/Gallup poll, USA Today reports (Fetterman [3], USA Today, 6/25).

"Proposed Legislation Would Help Caregivers With Financial, Day Care Aid": Lawmakers have proposed several bills that seek to reduce costs for family caregivers -- some of which would provide caregivers with tax credits of as much as $3,000 annually -- but Congress "hasn't passed any of the proposals in final form," USA Today reports (Fetterman [4], USA Today, 6/25).

Broadcast Coverage
ABC News recently broadcast three reports in conjunction with the USA Today series. Summaries appear below. Expanded ABC News coverage is available online. "Companies Help Employees Care for Parents": The "World News" segment includes comments from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Scott Weisburg, vice president of benefits and compensation at General Mills; and Verizon and General Mills employees who care for their elderly parents (Jamieson, "World News," ABC, 6/23). Video of the segment and expanded coverage are available online.

"Tech Tools Let Seniors To Stay Independent": The "Good Morning America Sunday" segment includes comments from Jeffrey Kaye -- director of the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology, which develops technology to help elderly individuals live independently -- and a family that uses ORCATECH products ("Good Morning America Sunday," ABC, 6/24). Video of the segment and expanded coverage are available online.

"'Fraiser' Star's Family Struggle With Alzheimer's": The "This Week" segment includes a discussion with actor David Hyde Pierce (Stephanopoulos, "This Week," ABC, 6/24). Video of the segment and expanded coverage are available online.

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