Friday, December 25, 2015

Adults live closer to Mom than we think, partly because of caregiving as well as economics


Here’s a front page Christmas story, by Quoctrung Bui and Clair Cain Miller in the New York Times that bears on eldercare, “Short ride to Mom’s House reveals a Changing America”.   The article notes that the typical adult in the US lives a median 18 miles from Mother. Lower income, racial minority, and unmarried people may live closer.  The distances are smaller in the Northeast and deep South.

“The United States offers less government help for caregiving than many other rich countries. Instead, extended families are providing it, whether they never moved apart, or moved back closer when the need arose.”

In the 1930s, young adults typically didn’t have their own places until they got married (so it was for my parents).

But as a single adult, I’ve lived in New Jersey, New York City, Dallas, and Minneapolis, but returned home (perhaps prematurely) to Drogheda in Arlington VA in 2003 when Mother (who passed at the end of 2010) was 89.

A recall a curious statement by George W. Bush in his second (2005) inauguration. “Liberty for all doesn’t mean independence from one another”.

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