(Jack Kearse/Emory University)

“Many people who are working can’t afford $17 an hour for a caregiver for eight hours a day. If you’re too rich to be poor — and too poor to be rich — you’re in a no-man’s land. You can’t get somebody to come to your house to take care of you or assist you. Maybe there isn’t an adult day-care program near you. There needs to be more services available for working families to help them care for retired workers.

“There’s a growing acknowledgment that many of us are caring for our relatives and we do need assistance. It’s affecting everybody. The people I come in contact with feel a lot better when they know where to go for help.”

-Monica W. Parker, assistant professor

Department of Medicine, Emory University