Baby boomers face caregiving duties while aging

Kevin Magna

February 14, 2011

In Douglas County, Oregon, Leslee Sherman, 64, is facing a task that is familiar to many other residents in her area- taking care of an older parent while trying to enjoy the beginning of her own golden years, according to The News-Review.

Census date from 2000 shows that this particular Oregon county has a substantial older population, with baby boomers making up a third of the total number of residents.

"There are some good things to getting older," Sherman told the news provider. "I'm actually looking forward to Medicare, as long as it lasts. Of course, I'm looking forward to the day that I can somewhat retire and do the things that I love. … But, you know, many of us are going into our retirement years not feeling very secure."

The biggest responsibility on Sherman's mind appears to be the constant care her 88-year-old mother needs. Those in a similar situation who are feeling stressed and concerned for an older adult's health may want to install a senior alert system in a residence. This device can be used to send an instant medical alert to emergency services if one requires assistance.

It seems that Douglas County, like many other parts of the country, has been defined by baby boomers and the demographic's experiences. Now, one expects that towns will start to create new policies and renovations that can help caregivers and seniors live comfortably during retirement.

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