Caring for Mom and Dad
What happens when America’s 75 million baby boomers can no longer care for themselves? We’ll be airing a new documentary – featuring the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio – called Caring for Mom and Dad in May and June on CET and ThinkTV.
Americans are living longer than ever before, and soon older adults will outnumber the young. Today, family caregivers are providing 90 percent of parent care, in addition to balancing work and family, a job most cannot afford to do. Who will take care of those who can no longer care for themselves? How will the nation adapt to ensure that adequate care can be provided for both the caregivers and for those being cared for?
Caring for Mom & Dad, a new hour-long national documentary, seeks to answer these questions as it explores the emotional, health and financial challenges that many caregivers face every day. Eight families welcome the filmmakers into their lives. These are intimate portraits of struggling caregivers like Breanna Olson, a millennial who was forced to choose between a promising political career and moving back home to care for her parents, to the baby boomers who are looking to retire while also caring for one or both of their parents.
Caring for Mom & Dad also offers solutions and tips to help others embarking on this new future. Viewers will step into the homes and lives of caregivers and hear from experts, as well as employers faced with helping caregivers cope in ways beneficial to the company and the caregiver.
At CET and ThinkTV, we’re also looking forward to seeing the Council on Aging of Southwest Ohio’s role in this new documentary!
Caring for Mom and Dad is scheduled to be broadcast at the following times and will encore multiple times in the overnight and early morning hours:
Sunday, May 10, at 6pm
Sunday, May 21, at 6pm
Sunday, June 21, at 4pm
Saturday, May 16, at 8pm
Learn more about Caring for Mom and Dad, meet the families featured in the program, find resources and more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/caringformomanddad/.