Children of Aging Parents Are Often Nearby, Study Finds
For decades, demographers and gerontologists have investigated the senior migration. Researchers talked about “amenity moves” when healthy retirees head for places with gentler climates and lower costs of living, and “assistance moves” when those same people return, less healthy and more needy, to live near family. They published articles about the so-called J-shaped curve.
“It wasn’t until later that people began to ask, ‘What about the kids?’” said Michal Engelman, a University of Chicago gerontologist and an author of a new study that helps answer that question. “We had a hunch there was more to this story.”
Isn’t there always? Much of what we think we know about who lives where as people age — a key factor in this country, which plunks elder care responsibility so squarely on family shoulders — is simplistic or plain wrong. more>>
Source: Paula Span/The New Old Age
Remember that the 2011 Regional Conference on Aging is coming up (September 19th to September 22nd). In addition to a great line up of regular workshops (see www.pcacares.org in the upper right hand corner of the web page) there are a series of lunch time events including discussions and resource tables on topics of interest to GenPhilly members. Many of the presenters are people active in GenPhilly.
Below please find a list of the Lunch Time Program and resource tables for each day. All events are held at PCA.
Lunch Time Program
PCA Second Floor Classroom
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Topics & Speakers
- Monday – 9/19
- “Caregiver GPS: Helping Caregivers Navigate Critical Transitions in Care”
- Speaker: Michele Mathes, JD, Education Director and Director of Research Programs at the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE).
- Tuesday – 9/20
- Walkability & Senior Health: Mapping the Results of a PCA Study
- Speakers: Lauren Ring, GIS Services, PCA &Allen Glicksman, Director of Research, PCA
- Wednesday – 9/21
- The Delaware Valley LGBT Elder Initiative (LGBTEI)
- Speakers: Heshie Zinman, former Executive Director of The AIDS Information Network & Terri Clark, MPH, CHES, Prevention Services Coordinator at ActionAIDS, co-chairs of the Delaware Valley LGBTEI.
- Thursday – 9/22
- Urban Community Gardening with Seniors
- Speakers: Jamie Johns, MSW, Social Service Program Coordinator, The Salvation Army, Philadelphia, Social Service Ministries and Julie Umstead
The Resource Room, located in Conference Room R along with the Registration Desk, will have 7-9 tables staffed daily from Noon – 1:30 pm. Participants will change daily, and there will be a general theme each day that will highlight the various organizations who will be participating.
- Monday, 9/19 Age-Friendly Initiatives
- Tuesday, 9/ 20 Harnessing Technology to Enhance Services to Seniors
- Wednesday, 9/21 Gardening and Food Access
- Thursday, 9/ 22 Volunteer & Community Initiatives
Download the Full Conference Brochure here [pdf].
Lee Baker calls it a “personal double-whammy.”
Twice he has seen his role change from son to caregiver of his parents. His mother, 95, lives in Jacksonville, Fla. She is living with Alzheimer’s, the same disease his father fought before he died. A certified financial planner in Stone Mountain, Baker has plenty of real-world experience to share with his clients as he advises them through similar travails.
According to the 2009 Caregiving in the United States report, the average age of today’s caregiver is 49 and the average age of today’s care recipient is 69. Distance between parents and their adult children, combined with economic forces, have combined to exacerbate what is often an extremely difficult situation. continue reading>>
Source: Rana Cash (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 2010)