No matter where you live or work, the world’s population is rapidly aging. In the United States alone, there are nearly 60 million adults age 60 and older – 18 percent of the nation’s population. Globally, these numbers are projected to rise dramatically over the next 20 years. Our aging population is also creating historically unique challenges to families, the workforce, our medical and health care systems, and our caregiving culture. Adult-child caregivers, the majority of whom are working-age adults are hit especially hard by these challenges. Join Jane Everson and Frances Hall, two adult-child caregivers, along with their guests, as they attempt to navigate the frequently mysterious, sometimes frightening, and often humorous world of caregiving. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, volunteer activities and parents and in-laws, this show is for you!
In this session, Jane and Frances talk about the impact of our aging population, as well as strategies for promoting aging in place with Dr. Ed Rosenberg. Dr. Rosenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the graduate programs in Gerontology and Sociology at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Not only is Dr. Rosenberg an academic expert on aging, but like Frances and me – and our listeners – he too is the adult child of aging parents.