Supporting Informal Caregivers

Dual forces of longer life expectancy and shifting demographics are increasing the need for policies that support informal caregiving of elders.

In addition to interventions like respite care, “We need a set of basic benefits (universal health coverage, affordable higher education, etc.) to match the times,” said Len Fishman, director of the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “This is what it will take to ease the crushing burden so many poor and middle class Americans are feeling.”
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