(Premiere) Aging Matters: Caregiving

July 17, 2014
12:00pm Central Time
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Welcome to the online OVEE premiere of the latest installment in the NPT Reports series, "Aging Matters." "Caregiving" will have its broadcast premiere tonight at 8pm Central on NPT, but we'd like to use this online screening as a chance to begin the discussion around the show.

The existence and impact of informal caregiving is often overlooked in the United States, but it will become more important, relevant and necessary as people live longer and Baby Boomers age. It will create strain on the long-term care and healthcare system. What is needed to address this issue and soften the impact? "NPT Reports: Aging Matters: Caregiving," the third episode in NPT’s "Aging Matters" series, focuses on the issues surrounding informal caregiving, including a fragmented formal system for dealing with long-term care, the effects of caregiving on the health and income of family and friends, and what to expect -- and how to plan -- for the next “Boom” in an aging population.

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Caregiving | Aging Matters | NPT Reports

At least 70% of people over 65 will need long-term care services and support, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. But fewer than 10% of Americans are saving and planning specifically for long-term care, resulting in almost 44 million adults in the U.S. that provide unpaid care to someone over age 50. Seven out of 10 are women. Despite being married, having children, and having careers, they are putting in about 20 hours a week of elder-care. In Caregiving, the latest installment of NPT Reports: Aging Matters series, produced by LaTonya Turner hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea, Nashville Public Television (NPT) discusses the existence and impact of informal caregiving in relation to the increase of life expectancy and aging of the Baby Boomers. This documentary draws on the knowledge of caregivers, family members, adult daycare runners, healthcare and social service professionals, and more to express the problems that families are experiencing when they are unprepared to provide care for an elderly family member.

28min 16sec


  • Joe Pagetta

    Director, Media Relations and Online Strategies


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