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