You Shouldn’t Have to Take Care of Your Aging Parents on Your Own

You Shouldn’t Have to Take Care of Your Aging Parents on Your Own

“For most older Americans, care will come from unpaid family members or friends, who contributed around $600 billion worth of free labor to the economy in 2021, according to AARP. That care is not, of course, free for those providing it. Dwane Hodges is a...
You Shouldn’t Have to Take Care of Your Aging Parents on Your Own

‘I Put My Own Life on Hold’: The Pain and Joy of Caring for Parents

Daughters said they sacrificed careers when their relatives wouldn’t. Others said hiring help sapped finances. And more than a few found treasured final moments with loved ones despite the overwhelming work of caring for them. After The Times published a pair of...
How eldercare takes a toll on women’s careers and health – and how employers can help ease the stress

How eldercare takes a toll on women’s careers and health – and how employers can help ease the stress

Two years ago Liz Rejman was ready to hop a flight to California for an important meeting, when she received a phone call from her elderly father’s assisted-living facility. He had broken his wrist. “You have to make choices. Does work come first in a moment when your...
Forget seconding that emotion

Forget seconding that emotion

In fact, keep emotions out of it and make sure you second that opinion People always hear about getting a second opinion. Many people even threaten to “get a second opinion,” but never do, although, when they do, at least one study suggests, they often get a differing...
Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns

Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns

With a bullet in her gut, her voice choked with pain, Dee Hill pleaded with the 911 dispatcher for help. “My husband accidentally shot me,” Hill, 75, of The Dalles, Ore., groaned on the May 16, 2015, call. “In the stomach, and he can’t talk, please …” Less than four...