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It's a fact of life that most of us want to avoid. As life expectancy increases, more and more people will find themselves living into extreme old age--and with that, the physical and mental struggles that come along. That also means more of us in nursing homes, or assisted care situations, unable to fully take care of oursselves. It's something the baby boom generation is grappling with now as their parents grow old, and as they plan ahead for their own later years.
Today we’re talking with Ira Rosofsky, author of Nasty, Brutish, and Long: Adventures in Old Age and the World of Eldercare. Rosofsky is a New Haven psychologist, who's spent thousands of hours in nursing homes around the state. His new book has been called a “coming of old-age story.” It's a look at the culture and industry of caregiving.
You can join the conversation. Are you a caregiver to an ailing parent? What are some of the difficulties you've faced as you try to navigate the eldercare industry?
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