NPR Series: Family Matters

1:01am

Tue May 15, 2012
Family Matters: The Money Squeeze

Caring For Grandparent Matures A Young Man

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:47 am

Maryland resident Nicholas McDonald, 24, has briefly abandoned his musical aspirations to enter the workforce and contribute to the family's finances. "I'd like to give my mom $100 every now and then," he says.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Nicholas McDonald grew up tempted by drugs and under pressure to hit the streets. Lacking male role models, the Maryland resident says he always saw his mom as "the apple of my eye."

Natasha Shamone-Gilmore tried to protect her son growing up. Now, 24-year-old Nicholas is doing his best to return the favor.

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1:32pm

Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

'All About Family': Listeners' Stories On Living In Multigenerational Households

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 9:26 am

"This is me and my grandma, May Lee, who is turning 105 in June. I live with her and my aunt so I can help take care of her. I also have a blog with a friend all about our grandmas!"
Courtesy of Kristina Kaufman

The emotional and financial costs of caregiving have been a central theme in Morning Edition's special series called "Family Matters: The Money Squeeze." It profiles three families struggling with the complexities of living in multigenerational households and facing difficult financial decisions: how to afford care for an elderly relative while paying for college and saving for retirement.

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1:14am

Tue May 8, 2012
Family Matters: The Money Squeeze

Long-Term-Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:50 am

AnnaBelle Bowers' long-time physician, Walter Watkin, gives her a kiss on the forehead at the end of her visit. When asked how long she had been coming to see him, he said, "Long enough for her file to be 2 inches thick."
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Americans routinely buy all sorts of insurance — for cars, homes, health and even pets and boats.

But when it comes to long-term-care insurance, relatively few sign up. Out of more than 313 million Americans, only about 8 million have any such protection, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. The low participation rate largely reflects the high cost of long-term-care insurance.

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12:57am

Tue May 1, 2012
Business

Discovering The True Cost Of At-Home Caregiving

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:51 am

Maryland resident Ida Christian, 89, began showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in 2009. Her condition demands around-the-clock care.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Walk through any nursing home, and your first thought might be: "I need to take care of Mom myself."

Few people want to turn over a loved one to institutional care. No matter how good the nursing home, it may seem cold and impersonal — and very expensive. But making the choice to provide care yourself is fraught with financial risks and personal sacrifices.

Those who become full-time caregivers often look back and wish they had taken the time to better understand the financial position they would be getting themselves into.

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2:19pm

Fri April 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Our Listeners Tell Of Joys And Trials Of Living In Multigenerational Households

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 9:26 am

Yoshiko Okuyama of Keaau City, Hawaii sent in this photo of her 20-year-old son and her 82-year-old mother.
Courtesy: Yoshiko Okuyama

Morning Edition is in the midst of a special series called "Family Matters: The Money Squeeze." It profiles three families struggling with the complexities of living in multigenerational households and facing difficult financial decisions: how to afford care for an elderly relative while paying for college and saving for retirement.

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