March 2020

posted 03.31.2020
By Elizabeth Miller Susie, age 59, has been the primary caregiver for our mom, Carole, age 83, for almost four years. Susie chose to be mom’s primary caregiver after our family tried having our mom stay in assisted living facilities in the Atlanta area for almost two years. But mom required more…
posted 03.13.2020
The March–April 2020 In Focus section of Aging Today updates readers on caregiving—family caregivers, paid caregivers and the policies around both. Donna Benton clarifies why neither type of caregiving is top of mind for policymakers (because it is generally performed by women and minorities);…
posted 03.12.2020
By Josephine Kalipeni Two years have passed since the RAISE Family Caregivers Act became law, establishing a strategy and advisory council to address the mounting needs of America’s 43.5 million family caregivers. In the interim, momentum has grown for concrete solutions at state and federal levels…
posted 03.11.2020
This past New Year’s Day, The SCAN Foundation honored family caregivers with a float in the 2020 Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., called “Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations.” Central to the float were a castle and two knights. Eight caregivers rode on the float, ranging in age…
posted 03.10.2020
By Ed Dudensing The increasing corporatization of skilled nursing facilities is a root cause of the hidden na­tional scandal of elder abuse. Who owns nursing homes? The answer often depends upon who is asking. If a family caregiver is being shown around a leafy facility with the intention of…
posted 03.09.2020
By Donna Benton My lens for viewing film and television shifted in 2004 while watching an episode of “Sex and the City” in which Miranda sits on the edge of a tub, bathing her mother-in-law, Mary. Mary had suffered a stroke, had memory loss and could no longer live indepen­dently. Miranda, who has…
posted 03.09.2020
By Robert Espinoza Direct care workers provide daily support to millions of older adults and people with dis­abilities, yet these workers often leave their poor-quality jobs, destabilizing their clients’ care. As Americans live longer and the number of older adults surges, this is a concern that…
posted 03.02.2020
Editor’s note: The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living and The SCAN Foundation fund the Aging and Disability Business Institute, led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The mission of the Aging and Disability Business Institute is to build…