For nursing care, at home or in an institutional settling, there is no rational, national public program for the long term care of the elderly. We say we venerate the aged, but our policy doesn't reflect that.
One of the great blessings of my life is that my 91-year-old father. What if I were to think he's losing his ability to live independently but he doesn't agree with me? That's where gut-wrenching decisions often arise.
The Elder Justice Act in the health reform bills would finally provide the increased federal resources and leadership to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse.
The case is clear: America is heading toward a fiscal tsunami. Surviving this wave will involve monumentally more than just shoring up the three key retirement pillars of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Simply said, my mother would have voted for Obama to keep her promise to the future, "for the sake of the kids. I hope that many of those in Florida, and elsewhere, planning to vote for McCain think again.