Over the river and through the woods

I love it when the fact that most extended families live in close geographic proximity makes front-page news! According to the December 24, 2015 New York Times, “Over all, the median distance Americans live from their mother is 18 miles.”

Gerontologists have known for decades that the primary caregivers of frail older adults are family members. It turns out that a great many grandparents care for grandchildren as well. Even though the perception is that boomers neglect their aging parents, and millennials pay for childcare, in fact we are a tightly-knit nation of multi-generational familial caregivers.

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