"In centuries past, when people got old, they were cared for in the homes of younger relatives until they died. This common custom began to change with the Industrial Revolution when women, who were the primary caregivers for the elderly, started to work outside the home.

What happens now to America’s seniors when family members cannot care for them and assisted living is not affordable or no longer suitable for those with advanced physical or mental disabilities? For those who lack financial resources to pay for round-the-clock professional care at home, is the sterile, hospital-like environment of a nursing home the only option left?"

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AuthorJane Rohde