Informal care giver
Parenting your parent or parents
Being there for a loved one.
Whatever you choose call it, you are not alone. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, providing care for a loved one over 50 is “the new normal” for over 43 million Americans.
Every day 10,000 baby boomers reach age 65 themselves, and find that they are not only giving care, but needing care. With life expectancy increasing, we may be witness to the first generation that will be caring for their parents, parenting upward, as long or longer than they cared for their children.
As a family caregiver, or elder care provider, you may feel alone. There are usually no such things as “play dates”, or caregiver support groups, or magazines dedicated to helping you find your way through the maze of medical issues, Medicare and Medicare supplement policies or medigap questions, and other concerns that are common for those that find themselves being informal caregivers.
Until now. Parenting Upward is for you. We recognize that you are in a unique and often times overwhelming position; and we want to be a portal to information and support for you to find help in caring for your loved one and assisting them in making the decisions that will ensure good quality senior and end of life medical coverage. We want to be with you as you navigate Medicare, help your loved one choose a medigap supplemental insurance policy, and support you as you deal with the day to day reality of parenting a parent or other loved one and care for yourself.
You are not alone.
Statistics on Elder Care
[Gallup Healthways Wellbeing Survey, Most Caregivers Look After Elderly Parent; Invest a Lot of Time, July 2011]
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