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What Support Is There For San Diego’s Caregivers?

Above: Larry, Anthony and Valerie Martinez

Aired 11/22/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Roberto Velasquez, Southern Caregiver Resource Center

Anthony Martinez, caregiver for his mother who suffers from dementia and diabetes

Transcript

Special Feature KPBS Special Report: Aging In San Diego

At the beginning of 2011, the oldest members of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65. Twenty-six percent of the U.S. Population are baby boomers, meaning 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 each and every day for the next two decades. In this series, we'll explore what this means for the San Diego community: from working past retirement to living alone, from learning music to making difficult decisions about end of life care. We'll explore what it means to grow old right here, in San Diego.

Showing care and concern toward family members is a big part of what the holiday season is all about. But there are many people in San Diego who show the most intense concern for family members 365 days a year.

They're caregivers, and there are an estimated 650,000 of them in San Diego County, each of them taking care of sick and elderly relatives or friends.

On Midday and KPBS Evening Edition, we'll speak with one local caregiver and also the representative from a center that offers support for caregivers.

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kpettus | November 22, 2011 at 7:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

What a great story! Mr. Martinez is a jewel. What a loving person. Caregivers are the unsung heroes of our society, and need all the help and support we can give them. I was very inspired. Thank you for the story.

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