Queer Millennials Are Becoming Family Caregivers. We Aren’t Ready

The ache of watching a loved one grow smaller was hard enough. But I also wasn’t prepared for the way care-taking would force me to tamp down my queerness — and to become smaller myself. Despite coming out to my grandpa years ago, I still internalized the pressure to mute essential aspects of my identity, … Read moreQueer Millennials Are Becoming Family Caregivers. We Aren’t Ready

Healthy Helping for Family Caregivers of Senior Parents

Gerontologists and psychology of aging experts say that “aging well” in your 60s and 70s is about preventing and delaying disability. It’s also about maintaining a high level of cognitive and physical functioning and remaining socially engaged. But aging well in your 80s (octogenarian) and 90s (nonagenarian) means something else entirely. By then, the chances … Read moreHealthy Helping for Family Caregivers of Senior Parents

Costa Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret?

Even in countries with robust universal health care, public health is usually an add-on; the vast majority of spending goes to treat the ailments of individuals. In Costa Rica, though, public health has been a priority for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the impoverished state of public health even in affluent countries—and the cost … Read moreCosta Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret?

The staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America’s elderly

Some older adults have diligently prepared for their future. They purchased long-term care insurance when it was still affordable, then paid the premiums each month, even as they continued to rise. This is not the norm. Many adults have no plan at all, or assume that Medicare, which currently kicks in at age 65, will … Read moreThe staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America’s elderly

What Is Compassion Fatigue?

“Since the pandemic, individuals are coping with so many different forms of stress that might be activating a compassionate part of them that they might not understand, which results in them feeling drained, overwhelmed, and depleted,” says Hillary Schoninger, a licensed clinical social worker in Chicago. Eventually, your ability to feel compassionate starts to wane. … Read moreWhat Is Compassion Fatigue?

Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry

BuzzFeed News has scoured hundreds of thousands of court documents, obtained confidential mental health filings and financial records, examined hundreds of guardianship cases, gathered exclusive data from extensive public records requests, conducted hundreds of interviews, and carried out a detailed review of guardianship laws in all 50 states. Our investigation reveals an opaque, overgrown, and … Read moreBeyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry