Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Christmas Wish: A Shift in Thinking on Senior Care

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Christmas Wish: A Shift in Thinking on Senior Care

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The holidays are a time for family get-togethers, where loved ones reconnect. But after the party, we often forget about the burden on our volunteer caregivers, many of whom are caring for both elderly relatives and their own children.

The Pittsburgh Regional Caregivers Survey (Dec. 6, "Pitt Report: Age Issues Make Caregivers Here More Challenged") found that 84 percent of relatives and friends who assist adults age 50 or older are in that age group themselves. Nearly one in five puts in 40 or more hours per week. Caregiver burnout is real. With these facts in mind, I urge my colleagues in the senior care industry to shift their thinking.

The senior "home" of yesterday conjures a negative image. It's no surprise that we look to family members and friends as an alternative. …

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