Emma has been caring for her 85 year old mother and her 102 year old Gran for years. Several times each week they all take the senior bus to the senior center where they meet their friends for group exercise, lunch and of course bingo. Two days each week Gran goes to an adult day service program where she participates in all sorts of activities. These programs allow Emma to have a break from her caregiving duties and give them all a sense of independence and belonging. Also, Emma’s mom and her Gran are able to remain in the community and out of nursing homes.
Darlene spends what seems like 36 hours a day caring for her husband Bill. This is not the retirement either of them had intended with him in the bed and her doing everything she can to make him comfortable and give him some quality of life. Older adults like Darlene and Bill are struggling every day to make ends meet.
Many older Americans are one bad break away from economic crisis. The One Away campaign features older adults sharing their stories of ecomomic struggle. Please visit the campaign website at http://www.oneaway.org/IL to share your story.
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