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.”
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