When Our Travel Memories Get Misty, Some Adult Care Is a Good Thing

Last week, the Washington Post hosted a workshop in Seattle to highlight the growing importance of adult caregivers in our nation. I was asked to share my take on that issue after my experiences with my Mom, who suffered from Alzheimer’s until she died two years ago, and my Dad, who took care of her. Here’s a 10-minute conversation about the importance of giving adult caregivers a break from 24/7 responsibilities by making an adult day care service available in our communities.

We all need to be comfortable with bringing our aging loved ones out in public, and we need to appreciate the huge (and unpaid) workforce that brings comfort to this growing part of our society. All of us will eventually outlive both our bodies and our minds — but generally not at the same rate. As a society, we should be better prepared.



2 Replies to “When Our Travel Memories Get Misty, Some Adult Care Is a Good Thing”

  1. Thanks for sharing that. My husband and I are your age and facing some of the same things. For about a decade we have been dealing with my parents. My dad has passed away, but my mom is 87 doing well but still needs daily interaction and support to make sure she is doing well. We have two grandchildren and all the joy that goes with that. And a failing 14 year old dog that has been our empty next pal. So there are times when we don’t even feel like we can take a breath when all those worlds collide at one time.

  2. Unfortunately, on January 1 the Affordable Care Act cut the Medicare budget for home health care by 14 percent, or $22 billion. As Nancy Pelosi said, we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what’s in it. The Obama-Clinton reset button with Russia is working out just as well.

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