Boomers Could Care for Parents as Long as They Cared for Kids

With people living longer, caring for aging adults is becoming the ‘new normal’

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Baby boomers who spent nearly two decades taking care of their children could spend another 20 years caring for their parents, CNN reports.

According to the network, some 10,000 boomers turn 65 every day, and many are among the 43.5 million Americans who provide care for an adult older than 50.

“Now that more baby boomers are aging, the issue of family caregiving is becoming much more commonplace,” AARP senior policy adviser Lynn Feinberg tells CNN. “We call it the ‘new normal.’ ”

Former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden is one of those adult caregivers, helping her 88-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia, according to the network.

“Nobody wants to talk about their mortality or think about themselves getting old,” Lunden, who wrote a caregiving-themed Chicken Soup for the Soul book, tells CNN. “There's the thought that you go straight to the nursing home to die and that's not the case.”

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