The Blessings And Challenges Of Caring For Older Family Members

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By Sarita Gupta, Caring Across co-director
2016 Next Avenue Influencer in Aging

One of the great joys of my life is watching my 6-year-old daughter spending time with my father, now 78. They like to do simple activities together — watch movies, play tea party — and she loves to read her favorite books to him again and again.

I cherish these moments dearly, knowing that someday these memories of reading books and playing with her Dadubhai (Bengali for “grandfather”) will be how she keeps her relationship with my dad alive in her heart.

Caregiving Is a Gift and a Responsibility

Every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn 65, and live longer than ever before. What a gift to have much more time with our elders than we had in the past — more time to learn and grow with them, more time to make the memories that will sustain us when they are gone. But it also means that over time, younger generations bear more responsibility for caring for them.

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