The Caring Generation® Radio Program and Mission

The Caring Generation® originated in 2009 by Pamela D. Wilson with the development and production of a weekly radio program for caregivers of the same name that has since transformed into Pamela’s vision of bringing individuals together who possess an interest and desire to broaden awareness of the importance of caregiving as a family and professional role in life.

The original program, airing on 630 KHOW-AM in Denver, Colorado will soon be on air again on Tune-In Radio, I-Tunes, I-Heart, and Spotify. Updates will be posted about a summer 2019 launch date of the program. In the meantime, you can listen to a Podcasts from The Caring Generation below and in the membership library of The Caring Generation. 

Dr. Kristy Dyer – Sensitivity of Physicians to Challenges and Loss Faced by Aging Adults

Dr. Randy Frost – Hoarding and Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors

Lydia Bradley – Mountain Climber and Goal Setting

Dr. Cynthia Gephardt – Duty of Families to Help When Loved Ones Refuse

Patrick Caffrey – Brain Scans for Warriors

Caregiving Remains an Individual Responsibility

Gaps exist in the ability of caregivers to realize that caregiving is more than picking up prescriptions or making dinner for a loved one. The role of caregiving remains an individual responsibility of the caregiver and the aging adult. In caregiving, becoming more informed about managing health and the legal and financial aspects are critical to protecting aging loved ones. 

Healthcare has improved significantly in the past 100 years. The implementation of The Affordable Care Act has resulted in beneficial outcomes, controversy, and unintended consequences. Without the implementation of some type of healthcare reform, the portion of the United States budget contributing financially to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security is unsustainable.

Daily Caregiving Challenges Result in Stress and Burnout for Caregivers & Aging Adults

The challenges of daily care provided by family caregivers remain highly stressful and result in caregiver burnout. From feelings of struggle to a loss of balance in life, the role of caregiving is challenging. Mental and physical health declines occur. 

On the other hand, aging adults see the loss of mental and physical abilities. They don’t want to need care or be a burden to their family, however many don’t know how to change the course of needing care. The answer is not hoping that family will provide care, but to be proactive in determining how the family will provide care, and what the aging adult can do to support and participate in making daily life better and more manageable.

Transformation in Caregiving Must Come From Within to Success

Transformation in caregiving situations must come from within each family rather than through governmental requirements or oversight. It is not, and should not be the responsibility of the healthcare industry to make care decisions for aging adults. Unless caregivers and aging adults step up to gain knowledge and to take control of day to day situations, more and more control will continue to be exercised by the healthcare industry. 

Family Caregivers Must Act to Retain Control of Healthcare Decision Making

Loss of control to the healthcare system has already occurred through the Affordable Care Act Provision 3025. Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. The intent of this program was good. The effects of the program for aging adults over the age 65 are disastrous.

Aging adults are being turned away from being admitted to the hospital for needed care because of a desire of hospitals to avoid financial penalties from the government. Programs that seem positive on the surface, have flaws when healthcare providers are financially penalized. The consumer pays the price.  

Join Pamela for Hot Topics in Caregiving and Current News

The Caring Generation will continue to be the place to talk about aging, caregiving and everything in between. Becoming more informed about caregiving is the path forward to well-being and the retirement we dream of — but may not experience as the result of health declines. 

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Caregiving: An Unexpected Role

Caregiving is an unexpected role in life. Daily life and family structure continue to change; this will affect those who will become the caregivers of tomorrow. The idea of a traditional family has transformed into single-parent families, families blended from prior marriages, same-sex families and individuals who choose never to partner or marry. Add to this, individuals called solo agers or elder orphans who chose to remain single or who now live alone due to separation or death of a partner or spouse.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of older adults over age 65 is projected to double between 2010 and 2050 from 40.2 to 88.5 million. How will we as a society respond to an aging population and the challenges this presents?

This changing landscape has changed not only the way we communicate but the way we must plan today for our own care as we age. Nations worldwide are facing issues of aging populations and the reality of care for the aging. Through membership in The Caring Generation and Pamela’s online courses and programs, we can transform caregiving. 

Effects of Healthcare ReformEffects of Healthcare Reform on the Care of Aging Adults

Healthcare reform has already changed the way we receive care.  Years ago babies were born and the aged died at home.  Hospitals were for the sick.  The United States spends more on healthcare than almost any country in the world; are we truly healthier as a result?  Sixty-two of the U.S. federal budget is spent on 3 programs:  Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  This includes programs for adults and children. 

Many of us realize this spending is not sustainable long term and will result in difficult choices and increased costs for healthcare.  How is healthcare reform changing the care we receive?  Changes are already occurring.  Unintended consequences have already occurred resulting in challenges for older adults who need care. Healthcare bias exists. Aging adults are being denied care and treatment. 

Becoming Your Own AdvocateBecoming Your Own Advocate

Caregivers think they know everything. Ignorance is dangerous and results in harm for aging parents, spouses, and loved ones. How can we learn to advocate for ourselves?  What can we expect from our families when care is needed?  What are the main components of healthcare costs as we age?   What happens when we become an unexpected caregiver?  What should we consider when planning for our future care needs?  

How do professional caregivers make sure that biases and opinions do not harm families or those needing care?  How do we navigate family and professional caregiver roles so that we are acting in the best interests of loved ones?  Education and knowledge are important aspects of the ability to advocate in a system that at times may seem to prevent rather than to provide care.

Frequently asked questions about caregiver support are HERE.

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