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PBS NewsHour to Examine Long-Term Care Challenges in Ongoing Series

In the wake of the AP-NORC study, Americans are becoming more aware that caring for our older population will be a great challenge.

Longevity Divided feature imageThe SCAN Foundation partnered with PBS NewsHour to examine the issues and potential solutions of long-term care in the United States. The result is the in-depth series “Taking Care,” which premiered Thursday, May 30th and will continue throughout the year. According to a press release:

As part of its on-going reports examining the challenges facing America in the wake of a “silver tsunami” of aging boomers, PBS NewsHour is launching “Taking Care” – a series of reports on the increased demand for and challenges of long-term care.
The series begins…with a profile of one family’s daily struggles with long-term care.
Mary Wyant is an artist and former college professor struggling with dementia.  Like most Americans, Mary and her family had not prepared for the possibility of long term care.  Although she is lovingly cared for by her daughter Rebecca, it is easy to see the tremendous toll long-term care can take on families – financially, emotionally and physically.
Produced with support from The SCAN Foundation, the report is the first in a 6-part series on long-term care that will continue throughout the year with reports that show the magnitude of the problem, the challenges faced by individuals and governments, and some of the models for change being tested.  
In addition to the broadcast reports, the series will feature robust online components, including additional material, topical reports and discussions.

You can visit the PBS NewsHour website to watch, listen to, or read a transcript of the first installment, “Coping with Alzheimer’s: A Mother and Daughter Portrait of Long-Term Care.” Companion pieces from The Rundown Blog include posts such as “Starting the Conversation about Long-Term Care: 10 Things Families Should Know,” “Alzheimer’s and the Artist,” and “Looking to the Past in Caring for Aging Americans in the Future.”

If you’d like to read more about planning for long-term care, be sure to read the latest issue of CALA News & Views which includes the articles “Consider, Discuss, Document: The Importance of Advance Care Planning” and “Long-Term Care Insurance: An Important Part of Retirement Planning.”


4 thoughts on “PBS NewsHour to Examine Long-Term Care Challenges in Ongoing Series

  1. After years of educating people about the need to plan for long-term care, we can at least see that now more attention has been pouring in and families are starting to really consider this as a serious concern not just for the elderly but also for their adult children who end up taking the responsibility of caregiving. After awareness must come our actions. We should start looking at options that’ll help us deal with the problem. Private insurance could be one way to lessen the impact of long-term care as it has practical benefits you can read about here or families could also opt for investing in annuities with effective LTC riders. The challenges are not limited to financial matters, though, but extend to emotional and mental stress. So it’s really important to start talking to other family members and discuss what’s the best way to deal with long-term care needs in the future. Don’t wait until someone needs care because by then every decision would be difficult to make and there will be fewer options for you and your family.

  2. Hi! Thanks so much for the link to the magazine. It’s really well presented, checked it briefly but plan to really go through it during this weekend. Just scanning it made me excited about all the great information there. I write about long-term care and related topics like aging, caregiving, and retirement, so what you’ve produced, I think, will be really helpful as a resource for my future write-ups/posts. Hope you continue to share your expertise on this topic.

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