Did you know that today, we have more parents to care for than children?

Eldercare has replaced childcare as a leading healthcare issue. Many, if not most of us will be both in our lifetimes — caregiver and the cared-for. We may slip into these roles so gradually that we scarcely realize it. Or, as the social scientists say, we may not self-identify. While the huge increase in the number of caregivers in our society can be said to be a result of the success of medical technology, it also represents a breakthrough in our growth as an extended family.

The statisticians tell us the “typical” caregiver is a woman in her mid-40s who is caring for one or more parents for about 15 hours per week. She has a job and she is also caring for one or more children. But there’s much more to the story than statistics.

During the second half of the 20th Century, advances in medical technology made it possible for individuals to survive for years with diseases and chronic conditions that would have made a rapid death just a few years before. Though laudable, this created a new population of persons in need of caregiving … and, therefore, a new population of caregivers.

About the program

During RESPITE CARE: A CAREGIVING TOWN HALL MEETING, hosted by Cathy Unruh, approximately 100 community members, professionals and caregivers joined in a live-to-tape discussion to examine respite care needs and issues. WEDU delivers answers, solutions, “best-practices” and resources about respite care in our local community. The town hall’s goal is to enlighten, empower, and encourage activism among caregivers and their families while providing local caregiving solutions.



We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our community minded partners who bring theses valued programs and events to our community. Without their support WEDU would not be able to discuss these concerns that impact so many of us, our family and friends.

Sponsored in part by: Second Opinion

And thanks to the outreach funder: The Langeloth Foundation

Why Sponsor A WEDU Town Hall Meeting?

Your organization will receive recognition and broaden its brand awareness in front of the right target audience, and aligning with PBS and WEDU will strengthen your brand trust – while helping to inform the community of many services and resources available.