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On Tuesday, February 3, Caring Across Generations co-director Ai-jen Poo is coming out with a new book, "The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America." To elevate the important issues she raises in the book, we are hosting an #AgeofDignity tweetchat on February 3 — and we’d love for you to join us.
With this ruling, home care workers around the country may have to wait even longer for basic labor protections that could lift them out of poverty. States should not wait until this dispute is resolved.
What will it take to ensure that all of us can live and age with dignity and independence, in our homes and communities instead of institutions? We brought together aging Americans and care workers to explore this question.
I wish I could say that my mother’s experiences don’t echo those of 45 percent of family caregivers in Ohio who juggle the stress of their own lives along with the responsibilities of caring for their loved ones. Unfortunately, I can’t. And unpaid family caregivers like my mom aren’t the only caregivers who are undervalued.
Caring Across Generations applauds President Obama for taking a tremendous step forward for securing the eldercare workforce we need for a stronger economy and more secure future. This action is especially critical for the wellbeing of older Americans and people with disabilities – and for the millions of aging Baby Boomers who will need care in the coming years.
We don't hear much about kids who are caregivers. The media focuses on the typical caregiver: a woman in her forties or fifties, working full-time, and caring for mom or dad. The hidden carers are the youth.
Most people think of paid leave in the context of new parents who want to spend time with their newborn. But there’s another group of working people who need the support of paid family leave — and that’s caregivers.
Mom always took first fiddle. Everything else was brushed aside. And one of the things I learned from my caregiving experience is that caregivers must be supported in the workplace.
What do caregivers need most? It’s a question with many answers, but the simplest one is this: to be seen. This is true for all caregivers, both professional caregivers and unpaid caregivers.
Caregivers are harmed by not being supported by the kinds of policies that we want. Many are harmed by not having what they need, too, including adequate financial, social and personal resources to care for themselves and their loved ones.