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By 2030, almost one in five Americans will be 65 or over. The number of Americans older than 85 is also expected to triple in the next three decades, and continue to climb. With this tectonic demographic shift, how we care for our elderly has become an urgent societal question.
But it is also a deeply personal one. It can be difficult, even painful, to trust an older loved one with professional care, not to mention the rising costs. For those providing the care, the work is often strenuous, underpaid and even abusive. And many Americans who care for their own older loved ones are left trying to balance unexpected responsibilities, often sacrificing their personal and professional lives.
In our weeklong special series "Aging America," America Tonight studies the way elder care shapes lives, and how new ideas and technology are shaping elder care. From Monday to Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/6 PT, we’ll air a new report, with more strories to explore on our website. Follow along and share your thoughts using the #AgingAmerica hashtag on Twitter.
Can you tell which piece of legislation these people are railing about?
America Tonight plots out some of the eldercare facilities with the most troubled recent track records
Retiree Mary Paige lost two pensions and a widow's benefit, but she's surviving on Social Security and community support
Marlene Champion, 68, provides vital care to senior citizens as an in-home caregiver, but she’s just scraping by
Over the years, a more careful analysis of a French burial site, and the discovery of apparently intentional grave sites elsewhere in Europe, suggested that Neanderthals had a greater capacity for reverence and caring than previously thought.
For New York City's gay and gray community — the first generation of openly LGBT Americans to grow old — an advocacy organization that's nearly as old as the LGBT-rights movement itself is bridging long-standing gaps.
A mobile meal program in New York state helps dozens of homebound elderly. For many it is a lifeline, but the program is funded by federal, state and county grants that are increasingly threatened by cost cutting.
Elder abuse and neglect is one of America’s fastest growing crimes targeting its most vulnerable populations. In long-term care facilities, cases of abuse and neglect are largely out of view and underreported. As a result countless elderly victims are suffering alone in silence.