The realities of having aging family members in Wisconsin and in cities around the nation force some people to make hard choices. Some adult children have had to move in with aging parents, or uproot their life to care for family members.
Wisconsin news outlet, Up North News, profiled Joy Randall, a make-up artist in North Carolina who left her city and career to care for her ageing father whose health is on the decline.
While her story is told from Henderson, a small city outside of Raleigh it’s a tale that many Wisconsinites will be familiar with as the costs of elder care continue to rise.
There are an estimated 40 million Americans providing some type of unpaid care to another adult, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Sandra Levitsky, a sociology professor at the University of Michigan, said the myth that Medicare will cover long-term care needs is pervasive and shocks many Americans when they first find out it does not.
This “information black hole,” as Levitsky calls it, is only part of the growing elder care crisis in the United States, reports Up North News.
Read more about the scary reality of the elder care crisis here.