Low wages and high costs clash in the home health care crisis for aging Americans

Apr 8, 2022
“We've never invested in the ability of families to afford the care that they need,” says Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 people per day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
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GE has a long-term care insurance problem

Jan 1, 2019
Caring for the elderly is expensive for insurers and for families.
A home health aide helps an elderly man with his laundry in Miami.
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New software program aims to help the elderly live longer on their own

Jan 11, 2017
The project is the brainchild of a former Wall Street analyst.
A home health aid assists a Florida resident.
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Nonprofit uses music to improve care for dementia patients

Nov 8, 2016
Since the program started in February, there’s been a 60 percent drop in patient falls.
Candyce Slusher, left, and Christy Duarte, right, help patient Marilyn Mecke listen to Julio Iglesias on her iPod.
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The economic value of caring for your elderly parents

Dec 5, 2013
The Gross Domestic Product doesn’t count volunteer work at all, and that includes unpaid care-giving for a sick loved one. But with such high costs for elderly home care, there’s often no alternative, as Marketplace’s Chris Farrell says.

Some comfort for caregivers

Sep 20, 2013
What resources are available for people who take care of sick or elderly loved ones?

The cost of caregiving

Sep 13, 2013
Taking care of an ailing loved one is difficult emotionally, physically and financially. One caregiver shares her story.

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For elderly, falling down can be costly accident

May 17, 2013
When a senior citizen falls to the ground, the resulting injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars. So health care professionals are working to eliminate the risk of falling down.

New technology helps Swedish care for elderly

Dec 25, 2012
Sweden has taken giant steps when it comes to heath care. With one of the oldest populations and highest life expectancies in the world, the Scandinavian nation is using new medical technology to care for its aging citizens.

Medicare's unexpected beneficiaries

Nov 2, 2012
The government medical program for the elderly means seniors and their families have more money to spend on other things.

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