90. Taking Care of Mom and Dad

In the United States, the baby boomer generation those that were born in the time after War II. Those babies are now reaching the age. As these adults age, many of their children worry about how they will take care their aging parents. In the United States it not common for multiple generations to live under roof. Once children grow up and get married, move out, leaving their aging parents to fend themselves. When these aging parents can no longer care of themselves because of age or illness, is not uncommon for adult children in the .S. to place their elderly parents in a nursing .

A nursing home is a facility that offers for the elderly and ill 24 hours a . As the name suggests, nursing homes has medical , doctors, social workers, and therapists to help aging deal with the challenges of daily life. Most homes also have social activities for the elderly engage in and keep active. These activities range games to dance classes, and movie nights. Nursing are supposed to provide three nutritious meals for residents.

Nursing homes are controversial, however. There have cases across the country of staff in nursing abusing and even robbing the elderly residents. There different state and federal agencies that are supposed oversee nursing home facilities. Some people feel that should be the responsibility of family members, especially children, to care for their aging or ill . However, many adult children have their own children families to take care of, and do not the means to care for their elderly parents; worry about medical skills needed if their elderly are seriously ill.