Family Matters http://nhpr.org en Time To Move Grandma: What To Do With Her Home? http://nhpr.org/post/time-move-grandma-what-do-her-home Making the decision to move a parent out of the homestead can hurt.<p>The house may be full of good ghosts and happy memories. But it also has too many steps and too much lawn to mow. So the time comes to pack up and move on.<p>A decade ago, at least one part of that transition wasn't so tough. When the for-sale sign went up, an eager buyer was likely to show up with a good offer. But today, families are facing a much more difficult real estate environment.<p>Over the past five years, home prices have plunged by roughly a third. Tue, 29 May 2012 13:04:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 6026 at http://nhpr.org Time To Move Grandma: What To Do With Her Home? Family Matters: Pitching In To Take Care Of Grandma http://nhpr.org/post/family-matters-pitching-take-care-grandma On a recent evening, the Martin family of Harrisburg, Pa., had too many places it needed to be.<p>AnnaBelle Bowers, the 87-year-old matriarch of the family who is also known as "Snootzie," was at home — watching television and getting ready for bed.<p>Someone needed to care for her. Tue, 29 May 2012 07:01:00 +0000 David Greene 5695 at http://nhpr.org Family Matters: Pitching In To Take Care Of Grandma Listening To Parents Key To Financial Responsibility http://nhpr.org/post/listening-parents-key-financial-responsibility As an <a href="http://www.census.gov/population/www/pop-profile/elderpop.html">increasing</a> number of Americans live into their 80s and 90s, many families are struggling to find ways to make retirement dollars — that were once supposed to support seniors for years — now stretch over decades.<p>More and more, families have to care for the very elderly, as well as look after children who might be college grads but haven't found a job in a difficult economy.<p>All this requires one very important thing: lots of money.<p>Psychologists and other researchers have spent decades studying why some pe Tue, 29 May 2012 06:57:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 5696 at http://nhpr.org Listening To Parents Key To Financial Responsibility Family Matters: Meet The Families http://nhpr.org/post/family-matters-meet-families Even as the recovery gains steam, record numbers of people are living under a roof where adult children, middle-aged parents and elderly grandparents must learn to live together. Wed, 23 May 2012 14:54:00 +0000 6027 at http://nhpr.org Family Matters: Meet The Families Paying For College: More Tough Decisions http://nhpr.org/post/paying-college-more-tough-decisions Middle age is prime time for saving money. From your late 40s through early 60s, you're supposed to squirrel away cash to cope with health care costs in your old age.<p>But for millions of Americans, middle age also is the time when children are seeking help with <a href="#college">higher-education bills</a>, and elderly parents may be needing assistance with daily care.<p>Scott and Kelley Hawkins, both 46, are in that middle position. As they brace for paying rising college expenses for two daughters in school at once, they know they will have many tough financial decisions to make. Tue, 15 May 2012 07:07:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 4793 at http://nhpr.org Paying For College: More Tough Decisions Caring For Grandparent Matures A Young Man http://nhpr.org/post/caring-grandparent-matures-young-man Nicholas McDonald grew up tempted by drugs and under pressure to hit the streets. Lacking male role models, the Maryland resident says he always saw his mom as "the apple of my eye."<p>Natasha Shamone-Gilmore tried to protect her son growing up. Now, 24-year-old Nicholas is doing his best to return the favor.<p>Nicholas' family is one of three <em>Morning Edition</em> is profiling in our series <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/150002308/family-matters">Family Matters: The Money Squeeze</a>. Tue, 15 May 2012 07:01:00 +0000 4792 at http://nhpr.org Caring For Grandparent Matures A Young Man Long-Term-Care Insurance: Who Needs It? http://nhpr.org/post/long-term-care-insurance-who-needs-it Americans routinely buy all sorts of insurance — for cars, homes, health and even pets and boats.<p>But when it comes to long-term-care insurance, relatively few sign up. Out of more than 313 million Americans, only about 8 million have any such protection, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. The low participation rate largely reflects the high cost of long-term-care insurance.<p>Geneva Hunter, 66, is among those without protection. She is well aware of how helpful it would be to have such insurance. Tue, 08 May 2012 07:14:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 4362 at http://nhpr.org Long-Term-Care Insurance: Who Needs It? Discovering The True Cost Of At-Home Caregiving http://nhpr.org/post/discovering-true-cost-home-caregiving Walk through any nursing home, and your first thought might be: "I need to take care of Mom myself."<p>Few people want to turn over a loved one to institutional care. No matter how good the nursing home, it may seem cold and impersonal — and very expensive. Tue, 01 May 2012 06:57:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 3899 at http://nhpr.org Discovering The True Cost Of At-Home Caregiving 'Bittersweet Season' Details Caring For Aging Mom http://nhpr.org/post/bittersweet-season-details-caring-aging-mom As part of <em>Morning Edition</em>'s Family Matters financial literacy series, Renee Montagne talks to Jane Gross, author of <em>A Bittersweet Season</em>, about caring for her aging mother, and what she wishes she had known before she started. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 08:49:00 +0000 3546 at http://nhpr.org 'Bittersweet Season' Details Caring For Aging Mom Preparing For A Future That Includes Aging Parents http://nhpr.org/post/preparing-future-includes-aging-parents Planning a wedding is exciting.<p>Mapping out a vacation is fun.<p>Figuring how to afford care for your confused, elderly father? That one may never cross your mind — at least, not until you need more money to care for him.<p>"Never thought about it," Natasha Shamone-Gilmore, 58, says about her younger self. "Never ever."<p>She thinks about it a lot these days. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:29:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 3430 at http://nhpr.org Preparing For A Future That Includes Aging Parents One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions http://nhpr.org/post/one-roof-three-generations-many-decisions <em>Part of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/150002308/family-matters">Family Matters series</a></em><p>The Great Recession slammed into all age groups, flattening the career dreams of young people and squeezing the retirement accounts of middle-aged savers. It financially crippled many elderly people who had thought they could stand on their own.<p>To cope with the hard times that began five years ago, millions of families pulled together — stacking two, three, even four generations on top of one another. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:02:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 3168 at http://nhpr.org One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions