Led by Elizabeth Gallagher and Kathrin Boemer,
UMASS Boston Gerontology Department
As life expectancy increases, so does our prospect of caring for a parent in our own “golden years.”
Now, hear the fascinating results of a Boston-based study that provides little-known facts about the complicated relationships of older adult children and their very old parents.
Based on interviews with more than 100 pairs of very old parents and their adult children, the data reveals:
- Conflicted feelings of “empty nest” adult children who thought their caregiving days were behind them.
- How “old benefits” or “old wounds” influence how parents and children feel about one another now.
- Surprising survey results about the support that older adults provide their adult children.
Elizabeth Gallagher, MS, is a PhD candidate in the Gerontology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Professor Kathrin Boerner, PhD, is the Graduate Program Director of the Gerontology Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Professor Boerner’s research focuses on chronic illness, end-of-life, and bereavement. In recent years, she has primarily investigated family caregiving and support needs in the context of serious illness, the social relationships and care situation of older and very old adults, and long-term care workforce issues in dealing with patient end-of-life and death.
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