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Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America's Most Urgent Health Crisisby Howard Gleckman
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When the author and his wife were thrust into the role of caring for their aging parents, he saw first-hand what it meant to battle often indifferent doctors, insurance companies, and nursing homes. He learned what it was like to fight through the emotional pain, and discovered how the irrational way we deliver and pay for long-term care in the United States drives people to the wrong care, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Someone you love will almost certainly need long-term care before they die. Nearly seventy percent of our parents will rely on this assistance sometime during their old age. It will last for an average of three years, and one in five will depend on it for five years or more. This book tells the sometimes painful, sometimes uplifting, and always compelling stories of the families who struggle every day to care for their loved ones.
It also tells how the elderly and disabled, as well as their families, are being financially ruined by the high cost of long-term care. It reveals how private long-term care insurance has failed to protect most middle-class Americans from these catastrophic expenses, and how the weight of seventy-seven million aging Baby Boomers will devastate Medicaid, our nation’s already fragile public system for funding this critical day-to-day assistance. And it shows how we can repair the tattered safety net that is so essential to the well-being of our aged and disabled.
"Longtime Business Week health reporter Gleckman takes readers on a guided tour of group homes, nursing homes, assisted living and the differences between Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance in his comprehensive overview of the current state of long-term care in the U.S. Through interviews with family caregivers, professionals, the cared-for and reformers seeking alternatives to the current system, Gleckman does an impressive job of explaining our current elder-care system and those of other developed nations, and proposes possible solutions to an issue of growing importance as boomers become seniors. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This book tells the sometimes painful, sometimes uplifting, and always compelling stories of the families who struggle every day to care for their loved ones. The author argues that the aging Baby Boomers will devastate the Medicaid system if it is not repaired.
When his mother-in-law died suddenly and his seriously ill father-in-law was left with no one to care for him, the author and his wife were thrust into the complex and overwhelming world of long-term care. Just months later his own father fell sick, and the couple struggled to help care for him too—from 1000 miles away. Over the next year-and-a-half, this ordinary family faced one crisis after another, as each day brought new struggle and pain, but also surprising rewards. They were among the 44 million Americans who are caring for elderly parents or relatives or friends with disabilities.
Someone you love will almost certainly need long-term care services before they die. Nearly 70 percent of our parents will receive such help sometime during their old age—usually at home, though often in a nursing home. It will last for an average of three years, though one in five will need this assistance for five years or more. This book tells the sometimes painful, sometimes uplifting, and always compelling stories of the families who struggle every day with the care needs of their loved ones. The costs are crushing: and the weight of 77 million aging Baby Boomers will devastate our nations already fragile system for funding this critical day-to-day assistance. How can we repair the tattered safety net that is so essential to our aged and disabled?
About the Author
HOWARD GLECKMAN is a veteran journalist who has covered economic and fiscal policy, personal finance, and health care for 30 years. He was a senior correspondent in the Washington bureau of Business Week, a Media Fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and a visiting fellow at the Center on Retirement Research at Boston College. He is currently a senior researcher at The Urban Institute.
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