By Howard Gleckman for Forbes
"Note to President Obama: Families don’t just care for young children. They also care for aging parents, spouses, and adults with disabilities.
In his State of the Union address last night and in an announcement last week, Obama proposed a number of steps aimed at helping working parents care for sick kids....But all of these ideas were described as benefits for families with young children. And while some may provide limited assistance to those whose parents face a short-term acute medical crisis, they’d do little to someone help care for a frail parent or spouse with a chronic illness, or a child with a disability....
...Mostly, Obama and the Congress need to reimagine caregiving. Sure, it is about kids. But, as 77 million Baby Boomers age, it is about much more than that. Already more than 40 million Americans are caring for a frail elder or younger adult with a disability. They can no longer be ignored."
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