Caregivers: For Our Aging Population

A WQED Special Project

Highmark Blue Cross, Blue ShieldThe number of seniors is rising dramatically in the United States. But the number of medical professionals and family members who can provide care for these older adults is seriously lagging. WQED is proud to partner with Highmark Blue Cross, Blue Shield in this multi-platform project that includes a television documentary and digital-first content focusing on challenges for both the aging seniors and their caregivers.

 

Webisodes

These video shorts outline four important messages that all caregivers and their families should consider.

Programs for Caregivers

Where to turn for help in your community.

Find caregiver support groups in your area:
Alzheimer's Association
24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900​
Arthritis Foundation
1-844-571-4357
American Cancer Society
24/7 Hotline: 800-227-2345​
Parkinson's Disease Foundation
1-800-457-6676​ (9AM-5PM ET)​

Resources
Caregivers Resource Center
Area Agency on Aging/Allegheny County

 Caregiving Financial Concerns
Premieres February 2, 2017
How to navigate the cost of caregiving.

 

 

Documentary Premiere

Caregivers: For Our Aging Population premieres February 9, 2017 at 8pm on WQED-TV and online.

Is the medical community prepared for the explosive growth in the number of elderly patients? Pennsylvania has passed the CARE Act to address challenges faced by caregivers. But will families ultimately get the support and education they need? This documentary focuses not only on our aging seniors, but on caregivers who balance love and obligation - with stress, financial woes and other concerns. It also features innovative local programs that are already in place.