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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015LPRRO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.Caring for Your Parents is immediately followed by A Conversation About Caring, a 30-minute panel discussion led by former NBC medical correspondent Dr. Art Ulene. This instructive segment offers concrete advice and guidance on how to start the conversation often the most difficult step in caregiving.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on December 24, 2008
This documentary concerns five Baby Boomer adults who are caring for their very elderly parents. It wasn't showcasing people of my generation, but younger viewers would be prudent to watch this and think in the long-term.

The documentary is filmed in and around Providence, Rhode Island. It's interesting to think of that place as an Any Town, USA in that it's not big, but it's not small. Most people may assume that an East Coast town could not represent Middle America. For those who have never heard Rhode Island accent, prepare to get a chuckle. Still, one adult daughter got money from Rhode Island to care for her mother. I doubt poorer or stingier states provide wonderful benefits like that.

The documentary tries to be diverse. It includes elderly parents born in Appalachia, Portugal, and Colombia. While the work shows mostly female caretakers helping elderly women, one male caretaker and some elderly fathers are filmed here. Later a scholar explains that research says the care of the elderly almost always falls into the lap of an adult daughter.

In the past, adults had to have children because they needed workers on the farm and they needed adult children to care for them when they aged. I thought Social Security, pensions, and other social safety nets opened the doors for people to not have children, but here we see that the very elderly would be terribly worse off without them. Of course, I don't want to encourage the already high human overpopulations, but this work does make me fear for us childless adults.

One man ended getting divorced and having a pacemaker inserted into him as the stress of caring for his elderly parents took its toll on them. The Baby Boomers here seem a nervous wreck and deserve much sympathy.
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Truly interesting and informative stories of real families caring for frail family members. Depicts several different family situations, economic levels...
Shows the practical impact on caregivers really well.
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