A bioethics seminar with Jane Gross, longtime reporter for the New York Times and The Hastings Center's first journalist in residence. Baby boomers are setting yet another trend. Their parents are living longer than any previous generation, many with chronic conditions requiring long-term care. A combination of demographics, medical advances, and perverse incentives in the health care system is leading these two generations to a reversal of roles on a scale that is unprecedented. The majority of the older generation will need help with activities of daily living for at least two years. Most of this care will come from their adult children, some of whom will end up caring for their parents longer than they cared from their own children. The evolving health care reform legislation offers little relief for caregivers.
Mary Crowley joined The Hastings Center in June, 2007 as Director of Public Affairs and Communications.
Crowley has written widely on health and health policy for international media, including Newsweek, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Lancet, Glamour, Redbook, and McCall's.
Jane Gross, an award-winning journalist, worked for The New York Times for 28 years and created the Times's popular "New Old Age" blog. A six-time Pulitzer Prize nominee for her work on aging, autism, and addiction, Gross spent a year at Stanford University as a Knight Fellow in 1994. She is writing a book about adult children caring for their aging parents. Based on her own experience and advice from experts, the book, to be published by Knopf, also looks at the public policy obstacles families face.