COA and Southwestern Ohio caregiver and advocate featured in public television program, Caring for Mom & Dad

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Narrated by Meryl Streep, a new hour-long national television documentary shares an intimate view of adults caring for their aging parents and explores the emotional, health, and financial challenges that caregivers face every day.  The documentary aired locally for the first time on local PBS affiliate CET 48 on Mother's Day.  Additional air dates are listed below and the entire documentary is now available for online viewing via the Caring for Mom & Dad website.

The Elderly Services Program in Southwestern Ohio is featured in the film as an innovation in which communities have taxed themselves to provide services that help frail older adults remain independent in their homes.  The documentary includes interviews with Council on Aging President and CEO Suzanne Burke. COA manages the Elderly Services Program for county commissioners in Butler, Clinton, Hamilton, and Warren counties.  See below for a complete list of local air dates and times.

The film also features interviews with caregiver Kathi Truster whose father, Edwin Hendel, was a client of the Butler County Elderly Services Program, and Karen Kelly, daughter of the late Lois Dale Brown, of Clermont County, the woman who started the senior services tax levy movement in Ohio.

Caring for Mom & Dad weaves together a tapestry of eight main characters and their families whose stories complement each other and present some of the most pressing issues facing caregivers. Today, family caregivers are providing most of the care for frail older adults, often balancing work and family, and struggling to do and pay for it all. Many working caregivers also confront work-related disruptions, including backing off from a career, working part-time, or quitting altogether.

The film also poignantly captures how families cope with the financial burdens brought on by this often unanticipated responsibility. As author and journalist Jane Gross explains:  “Your mother or your father better have a gazillion dollars, or by the time this is over, mom and dad are broke, and so are you.”

Through the eyes of caregivers, the documentary questions how our nation can adapt to its aging population and better support those who are on the front lines.

Caring for Mom & Dad also offers solutions and tips to help others embarking on this new future. It is a multi-platform project that is accompanied by an interactive website offering additional resources and the opportunity for viewers to share their stories before, during and after the broadcast.

“We’re proud to present this film which we hope sparks a national conversation about this critical issue,” says Laurie Donnelly, executive producer at WGBH, Boston, which produced the documentary.  “Caring for Mom & Dad builds on the 2008 critically-acclaimed Caring for Your Parents, looking at how these challenges play out at home and at work.”

Local Air Dates and Times

CET 48.1
Sunday June 21 at 6pm

Think 16.1 (Dayton)
Sunday, June 21 at 4pm

KET (Kentucky)
Tuesday, May 19 at 9pm 

Production Credits/Funding

Caring for Mom & Dad is a Larkin McPhee Production for WGBH Boston. Producer, Director and Writer is Larkin McPhee. Executive Producer is Laurie Donnelly. Caring for Mom & Dad was made possible by AARP and Pfizer.