Baby Boomers’ Greatest Challenge Yet:
Eldercare for Their Aging and Elderly Parents
What To Do with Our Aging Parents?
Our Home or the Rest Home/Assisted Living?
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...
The statistics tell the story about demand for caregiving (National Family Caregivers Association):
- 65 million Americans (29%) are caregivers spending an average of 20 hours per week caring for a loved one.
- 70 million Americans will be age 65 or older by 2030.
- 34 million American adults (16%) provide care to adults 50+ years of age.
- 66% of caregivers are women caring for widowed mothers.
- 51% of care recipients live in their own homes.
- 30% of family caregivers are themselves age 65 or over.
Baby Boomers' Greatest Challenge--Their Aging Parents
The effects of the “Baby Boomer” generation have moved through society like a swallowed pig through an Anaconda. First it was pediatricians and diapers, then grade schools and high schools, then autos and homes and so on. But now that those same Boomers are getting ready for retirement a sobering challenge confronts them.
In fact, the Baby Boomers are facing the greatest challenge of their generation—what to do with their aging parents. And there are over 70,000,000 Boomers with millions of parents who need eldercare—now!
Geriatrics Doctors Outstripped by Demand
Current studies indicate that with the Baby boomers and their aging parents there will be a shortage of 20,000 to 40,000 geriatrics practitioners. Further, with the new healthcare legislation in place doctors' reimbursements from Medicare will be reduced by 21% and the health care system will lose geriatrics doctors and the "doctor deficit" will get even larger.
Economics Could Make Most of the Boomers’ Decisions
As the economy turns down, Baby Boomers are left with fewer and fewer good choices. The Boomers share of society’s income and assets shrinks as the economy shrinks. So, there will be less income and fewer assets to allocate to eldercare for the baby boomers’ aging parents. Regardless, soon it will be, “my home or the rest home.”
Our Home or the Rest Home
Many Boomers will conclude that the rest-home facilities that Medicare will cover are not what they want for their aging parent(s). Some will want to spend whatever it takes to put them in an expensive rest-home. Others might insist that their parent(s) move in with them. Whether the motivation to move an aging parent into your home is economics, love or both, the challenges are the same—how to assess, decide, prepare and cope for an aging parent in your home or in assisted living facilities.
Prepare for Elder Care in Your Home
How can baby boomers prepare to give eldercare for their aging parents in their homes? Mama Moves In and the companion ResearchPro Databases are the right tools in the right place at the right time. The book, Mama Moves In, is a dress rehearsal for eldercare in your home based on 5 ½ years of eldercare experience in my home.
Elder Care Information and Products
InformationResearchPro and ProductResearchPro, the online elder care databases, provide quick and easy access to both eldercare information and eldercare products, respectively. ProductResearchPro and InformationResearchPro are organized, database-controlled and internet-resourced, so the results are always current.
The eldercare information comes from eldercare professionals—doctors, nurses and other eldercare professionals as well as federal and state governments. What you need to know from Alzheimer’s and Dementia to Drugs and Drug Plan Benefits to Medicaid and Medicare to Safety and Social Security Benefits to Wills & Trusts is available quickly and easily with a few clicks of your computer mouse using InformationResearchPro. Over 150 articles in 60 organized categories of eldercare information are waiting for you. Also, you can shop for hundreds and hundreds of eldercare products for aging and elderly parents--products that save time for the eldercare provider and make life easier for the aging parent. ProductResearchPro organizes products into categories that can be searched quickly and easily. You can shop and compare prices and have your choices delivered to your door.
In summary: How do the databases help you?
- The elder care information you need has been separated into topics and organized alphabetically.
- Finding the topics is quick and easy by reviewing the topics from A to Z.
- The topics have already been included in search phrases and searched using Google.
- The Google search results ("hits") have been reviewed for content and authority and pared down to a limited number in each topic deemed most appropriate (the first list of hits displayed).
- Additionally, if a user wants to see more than what is presented in the first list, all of the Google results, thousands of them, are listed under the first list.
- Just Click on the "hit" you want to review and up it comes without leaving our site.
- Review as many "hits" as you like.
- The database tools include a convenient way to accumulate desired listings for later review.
- Using the databases to access the elder care information and products is quick and easy.
Context and Utility
Importantly, the book gives context to the database information and the databases provides utility to the book. The result is having an elder care package that is always current—it does not go out of date.
It never goes out of date?
No, every time a topic is selected from the alphabetical list, a current search is done to augment the work we have already done for you. And the new "hits" are listed right below the list we have reviewed and made for you. So, the information we provide to you never goes out of date.