26 episodes

Roughly 42 million unpaid caregivers care for older loved ones in the United States, and that number is only rising. By 2050, older adults will represent more than 20 percent of the population. So how are we going to care for all of them? In season two of Uncared For, award-winning journalist SuChin Pak (Add to Cart, MTV News), turns the spotlight on elder care, from the medical and financial hurdles to the emotional highs and lows. Through intimate conversations with family caregivers, we’ll explore what it takes to ensure our loved ones can age with dignity. From Lemonada Media and The Commonwealth Fund. 

Uncared For Lemonada

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.2 • 118 Ratings

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Roughly 42 million unpaid caregivers care for older loved ones in the United States, and that number is only rising. By 2050, older adults will represent more than 20 percent of the population. So how are we going to care for all of them? In season two of Uncared For, award-winning journalist SuChin Pak (Add to Cart, MTV News), turns the spotlight on elder care, from the medical and financial hurdles to the emotional highs and lows. Through intimate conversations with family caregivers, we’ll explore what it takes to ensure our loved ones can age with dignity. From Lemonada Media and The Commonwealth Fund. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    When Caregiving Leads to Bankruptcy

    When Caregiving Leads to Bankruptcy

    When you’re caring for an aging parent, you want the best care possible. But what does that care cost? And who pays for it? AARP’s caregiving expert Amy Goyer struggled financially to give her parents the best care possible and even ended up filing for bankruptcy. Despite this, Amy looks back on the joy of caregiving and celebrating the wins.

    AARP has financial and legal resources for caregivers, including ways to protect your money while caring for a loved one or friend.

    AARP also has information on how to find credit counseling here.

    Join AARP’s Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook.

    This season of Uncared For is presented by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation making grants to promote an equitable, high-performing health care system.

    Help others find our show by leaving us a rating and writing a review.

    Follow SuChin Pak on Instagram @SuchinPak and Lemonada at @lemonadamedia across all social platforms.

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/ shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Premium: Talk to aging loved ones early & often

    Premium: Talk to aging loved ones early & often

    AARP’s National Family and Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer tells us why it’s important to talk to older loved ones early and often about how they want to age. And she gives us guidance on how to approach these hard conversations.

    The Joys and the Burden of Caregiving

    The Joys and the Burden of Caregiving

    Poet and artist Yosimar Reyes moved home to take care of his grandmother during the pandemic. Sometimes he cries in his car from the stress and pressure of caregiving. But he also knows how lost he’d be without her. In this beautiful and honest conversation, Yosimar shares how he supports his 90-year-old grandmother – financially, mentally, and emotionally.

    Learn more about Yosimar Reyes on his website and follow him on Instagram @yosirey.

    This season of Uncared For is presented by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation making grants to promote an equitable, high-performing health care system.

    Help others find our show by leaving us a rating and writing a review.

    Follow SuChin Pak on Instagram @SuchinPak and Lemonada at @lemonadamedia across all social platforms.

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/ shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min
    Premium: Dating as a caregiver

    Premium: Dating as a caregiver

    Poet and caregiver Yosimar Reyes describes what it was like to have a rare night off and go on a date. When his date says Yosimar is “reserved” and not open about his life, Yosimar explains that all he wants is to enjoy the moment and not talk about caregiving.

    The Life of a Millennial Caregiver

    The Life of a Millennial Caregiver

    When Jessica Guthrie became a caregiver at age 26, her life turned upside down. Her career, friendships, and love life went on the back burner as she prioritized caring for her mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Over nine years of caregiving, she’s faced burnout, medical racism, and the isolation of doing it all alone. But despite the challenges, Jessica finds power in the small moments she still has with her mom, and the community of Black caregivers she’s found on social media.  

    Learn more about Jessica Guthrie at https://www.jessicacguthrie.com/ and follow her on Instagram @careercaregivingcollide.

    This season of Uncared For is presented by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation making grants to promote an equitable, high-performing health care system.

    Help others find our show by leaving us a rating and writing a review.

    Follow SuChin Pak on Instagram @SuchinPak and Lemonada at @lemonadamedia across all social platforms.

    Want to become a Lemonada superfan? Join us at joinsubtext.com/lemonadasuperfan.  

    Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series: lemonadamedia.com/sponsors.

    To follow along with a transcript, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/ shortly after the air date.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Premium: The final stages of Alzheimer’s

    Premium: The final stages of Alzheimer’s

    Full-time caregiver Jessica Guthrie reflects on her mom’s advancing Alzheimer’s disease and the unique perspective she’s gained as someone who stepped away from her career and found a new calling in the caregiving space.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

Kaleb Sahlie ,

Solid

Yup

Robert P. I. ,

Thank you

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”

This podcast delves deep into the many stories and wide variety of backgrounds of caregivers in the US. Thank you to SuChin Pak and to all who put so much love and care into each episode!

Jgfabulous ,

Had me at the first 30 secs until….

“Black birthing people” Ughhhh! This podcast sounds fascinating and well reported, and I will try and ignore the silly PC terms like “birthing people”.

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