Americans are living much longer lives and considerable growth is expected in the older population (aged 65 years and older). In 2012, the estimated population of older people was 43.1 million. The population aged 65 years and over is projected to almost double by 2050 to 83.7 million people. As Americans age, many older people will need assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting and/or medical tasks. Today, family members are providing much of the care for their parents. This Thursday, May 7, 2015, PBS is airing a new hour-long documentary called “Caring for Mom & Dad,” narrated by Meryl Streep. The documentary explores the emotional, health and financial challenges that many caretakers experience on a daily basis. The special follows eight families as they struggle with these issues and offers solutions and tips to other families who may experience caregiving in their future. Check your local listings to see when PBS will be airing the documentary in your location.
Written by Heather W. Winter, Esquire