A powerful coalition for caregiving
This morning I discovered that The New York Times launched a new blog on July 1 called The New Old Age. The initial post by blog author Jane Gross clearly struck a nerve as evidenced by the fact that it has received over 550 comments so far.
In her follow-up to her first post, Gross said,
Striking to me in your responses is how desperately adult children want to do right by their parents, how desperately their parents want to spare them this burden, and how the American health care system and our government’s safety net for the elderly make this all but impossible for both generations at almost every turn.
The heartfelt sharing on The New Old Age blog sounds a lot like the caregiving conundrum that parents of young children face. I am saddened by the problems families encounter, but heartened at the possibility of creating a coalition. Let's work together on these issues. 77 million Boomers plus young parents? We could really get something done.