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Caring For Your Parents
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Caring for Your Parents explores the emotional challenges faced by family members as their parents grow older and become more dependent on medical care. The film examines some major concerns confronting these families such as home care, financial needs and nursing options. As the Baby Boomers start turning 65 in 2010 and become “aging parents,” today’s teenagers and 20-somethings may soon come up against the same issues their parents are now facing. The 90-minute documentary is followed by the 30-minute companion program, A Conversation About Caring.

Immediately after the 90-minute broadcast, medical correspondent Dr. Art Ulene leads "A Conversation About Caring." This half-hour panel discussion offers concrete advice and guidance on how to start the conversation‒often the most difficult step in caregiving.

As the population ages, many adult children are grappling with an unprecedented social, cultural, economic, and personal revolution as they transition into the primary caregiver role for their aging parents. Caring for Your Parents is a moving film that draws much-needed attention to this universal reality, underscoring today's struggle to keep parents at home, tensions between siblings, and the complexity of shifting caregiver roles through an intimate look at five American families. In the end, the documentary contends successful caregiving requires one primary ingredient--love.

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Chicago: “Caring For Your Parents,” 02/09/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 24, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_37BF582DF64E4FA1ACD31E7C70B71440.
MLA: “Caring For Your Parents.” 02/09/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 24, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_37BF582DF64E4FA1ACD31E7C70B71440>.
APA: Caring For Your Parents. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_37BF582DF64E4FA1ACD31E7C70B71440
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