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Nora Super and others at Listening Sessions 2014

21. May 2015 14:31
by Nora Super

Supporting Older Americans and their Caregivers

21. May 2015 14:31 by Nora Super | 2 Comments

This week, the White House hosted an important conversation about supporting older Americans and their caregivers as part of the White House Conference on Aging. 

Our conversation encompassed the vast diversity in types of caregiving – from a family caregiver who cares for her aging Veteran husband, to family caregivers with full-time jobs who are trying to balance their career with their child and elder care responsibilities to a home care worker who travels many miles per day to care for a diverse group of older Americans with different needs. 

David Hyde Pierce moderates the Faces of Caregivers panel with Gail Gibson Hunt, Anne Ellis-Carthern, Kimberly Thomas, Deborah Rubenstein

The challenges are many but the diverse group of participants at this week’s event – older Americans, supporters, caregivers, specialists, and community leaders – focused on the opportunities for supporting caregivers. Our discussion included breakout sessions on economic security for caregivers, the unique needs and opportunities for different types of caregivers, as well as family caregiver support and the capacity and training of care providers.

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is focusing on four critical areas: long-term services and supports (including caregiving), retirement security, healthy aging, and elder justice. By concentrating on these issues, the White House Conference on Aging is engaging diverse communities in identifying ways to support older Americans. Please join the dialogue, by visiting www.whcoagov, where you can sign up for regular updates, read policy briefs on an array of subjects and share your comments, thoughts, and ideas.

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#YouCanCare - We all must pitch in and care.  Care for those who need care, care for those who give care and help the family caregivers.

Caregivers are the backbone to LTSS! However, informal caregivers face incredible challenges of balancing work and care. In our research brief "Challenges to Working Longer: Caregiving in Later Life," we explore the various types of informal caregiving responsibilities in later life among a nationally representative sample of older adults in the United States. We also performed longitudinal analyses, in which we found that spousal caregivers are far more likely to remain outside of the labor force after retiring. While we highly regard informal caregivers, we must also identify ways to ensure their retirement security. We discuss policy and practice implications that can directly support caregivers.

The research brief can be found here: www.bu.edu/.../...giving-in-later-life_0514151.pdf

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