A silver tsunami is upon the United States: Every eight seconds, someone turns 65. For Illinois, the silver tsunami is already here. We are not ready; we need your help.
I've watched my parents struggle to care for my elderly grandmother. They tried their best to juggle their careers and my brothers’ and my school schedules with providing care for our grandmother. When my grandmother fell, my parents were forced to make painful choices about admitting her to a nursing home. My family is not alone. Every day, families throughout Illinois are faced with similar decisions about how to live and age with dignity and independence. It's in honor of my grandma and my parents that I'm joining with a group of other Illinois locals to deliver a petition to Senator Kirk and Senator Durbin, asking them to call on Congress to create a care system that supports caregivers and makes quality long-term care affordable and accessible.
Will you join us in asking Illinois Senators to support Senate Res.128 which calls for the creation of a long-term care system?
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-09.pdf