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Written by Arthur Moseley   
One of the biggest challenges of our time is also one of the least recognized: the caregiving of a loved one, be it a parent that has just gotten older and can’t get around much anymore or a spouse who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or a family member that has just undergone a operation and has a long recovery process ahead of them. It’s not like it’s a secret. We complain to each other about the difficulties of incorporating this into our lives and balancing it all but we each think we are special and that this is only something we personally are going through. Most of us have not connected the dots and realized that this is major issue for all of us.

Four interesting facts:
      •One in four of us are now involved with caregiving for a spouse, family member or friend
      •One in Eight of us is a member of the Sandwich Generation, raising a child while also caring
     for an aging parent
      •The two percentages quoted above are only going to increase:
            *Alzheimer’s, just one of many other diseases resulting in the need for constant care, is
              estimated to affect 1 in 10 Americans aged 65 and older and nearly one in two aged 85 and
            *The segment of the population aged 65 is set to double within the next 25 years and the
              segment 85 and older is now the fastest growing in the US.

Besides the dynamics noted above there are some other factors intertwined with this issue:
      •We are living longer. This is a often a good thing but it can also mean that some of us that
        may have died of other causes before some of the attacks of old age set in are now being beset
        by other diseases (such as Alzheimer’s).
      •Living longer has also created  new challenges for those in their forties’s and fifties, the
        Sandwich Generation, those still raising their own children and now challenged with balancing
        care for their parents as well.
      •Families relying on two incomes face significant strains when one of the bread winners has an
        operation or injury and faces a prolonged recovery period, particularly if the spouses job
        requires travel or long hours away from home
      •Likewise, single parent families face major challenges as well when the one bread winner becomes
        sick or incapacitated
      •Lastly, families are living further apart from each other, often thousands of miles away, making
        it harder to find support within the family unit.

While our caregiving dynamics and challenges have not become an everyday concern for most of us yet, momentum is building. There is a plethora of books now being written on the topic. Home Health is becoming one of the fastest growing segments of the economy. Our newspapers are beginning to write monthly feature stories on the topic and our television stations are running community pieces highlighting various stories related to caregiving. Recently, WEDU even held a live town hall meeting on the topic. 

To add to the momentum and build more awareness of the issue among our readers, we are preparing the following articles for your reading pleasure:

   •The Difference Between Home Health Services (those paid for by your medical insurance) and Home
     Care Services (those paid out of pocket or reimbursed by Long Term Care Insurance)
   •Paying For Long Term Care Services

In the meantime, check us out on line at www.GriswoldHomeCare.com, or on FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Griswold-Special-Care-Tampa-West-Office/162988120395826 or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/GriswoldSpCareT

Arthur Moseley
The Tampa West Office
Griswold Special Care