Caregiving for loved ones the ‘new normal’ for boomers

One way Joan Lunden spends time with her mother, Gladyce, is by making photo books for them to share.

From CNN Living:

“Money was no object when the time came for Joan Lunden to find a senior care facility for her 88-year-old mother.

For years, the former host of “Good Morning America” had been a long-distance caregiver to her mother and brother in California, providing them with emotional and financial support from New York. After her brother’s death in 2006 from complications from type II diabetes, Lunden needed to find a new home for her mother, who was suffering from the onset of dementia.

Trying to create the best possible quality of life for an aging relative is “the new normal” for 43.5 million Americans caring for someone older than 50, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.

It’s not just their parents: With about 10,000 baby boomers hitting age 65 each day, they’re becoming caregivers and also those needing care. With people living longer than ever, this is the first generation that might care for its parents as long as it cared for its children, experts said.

“Now that more baby boomers are aging, the issue of family caregiving is becoming much more commonplace. We call it the ‘new normal,'” said Lynn Feinberg, senior policy adviser for AARP.”

Read the complete article:

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/09/living/baby-boomer-caregivers/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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