Working Daughters Need Their “Golden Years”


Working Daughters Need Their “Golden Years”

by Amy Lignor


One of the worst, yet truthful, statements in regards to the U.S. of A. is that we are the only developed country that does not offer paid maternity leave. But that is not the one and only issue facing women out there. Women
who are not only soon-to-be-moms who need to keep their jobs and pay the bills (which do not just ‘pause’ for working moms, the ultimate caregivers, Medicare, home health care, senior citizens, the golden yearssix weeks after the birth), but also for the already working moms who find themselves to be the ultimate caregivers.

Caring for the family is a necessity, and one that loving families are more than happy and willing to do. But caring for the elderly members of that family are also a part of life in 2016, and employers are not understanding this new classification of caregiving that the “working daughters” of America do.


It was back in the 1960s and 70s, with government support such as Medicare coming onto the scene that senior care actually became a huge industry. Big business for many, the number of older Americans needing care grew as, thankfully, the life expectancy of humanity continued to improve. It was in 1965 that Medicare provided the elderly with federal money, and it is to this day the largest single source of revenue in home health care. Another great thing came with the growth of the industry; the fact that by 2012 almost 1.5 million people were employed by all facets of the medical world.


Now come the “baby boomers.” The number of American senior citizens is growing even larger. As the boomers reach that magic age of 65, the senior population of the U.S. is projected to reach almost 84 million, which is double the estimated number in 2012. With these exorbitant numbers, the necessity for senior healthcare is an absolute must. Because of this increase, revenues will also double from $180 billion grossed in 2014 to approximately $300 billion.

But what is good for the industry becomes more difficult for moms. When you’re a working mom, there are a plethora of issues to deal with. A woman can read and search day and night on the computer studying every subject from, how to split the chores at home, pregnancy discrimination where jobs are concerned, the wage gap, flex time and how to receive it and negotiate with the boss for it—all the way to smaller subjects, like whether or not they have a place to pump privately at work after the baby has arrived. Now, on top of all those issues, comes the fact that for America’s working daughters they now must find all the right answers when it comes to aiding and protecting their aging parents.


Although this industry employs millions of workers, it is important to note that 44 million workers are actually doing the job without any paycheck to show for it. Eldercare providers, AKA: daughters who truly love their parents, are dealing with the fact that between job, children and parents they have no time whatsoever to give 100% to one person. This is causing a major struggle and a humongous amount of stress.


Working females need to take more time off from work or even switch jobs to one that is less demanding (even though they have a degree or want to stay in the job they are currently in), in order to “take care of everyone” to the best of their ability. However, while doing all this, these daughters are suffering a loss of wages which then takes from their own benefits, such as health insurance, 401K plans, and causes a loss in their own Social Security savings.


Now bring in the “life-expectancy” factor. It is a wonderful thing to know that people are able to live longer. But for these same daughters in their forties who will live well into their mid-80s (outliving the average male two to four years), they will not have much of a chance to enjoy any retirement that they have worked so hard to attain.


There is no reason that a family should not stand by each other, aid one another, and love one another. This is the foundation all American families want and were built on. But to disregard the subjects that these working women have to go through is horrible. Women do need paid pregnancy leave from a job; support groups whether formal or informal where they can go to for help; the same wages that the average male gets while doing the exact same job, and the list goes on and on. If we wish to protect each and every generation and keep families happy, it is time for everyone to take the blinders off and realize that without these working daughters the home health care industry could fall apart. More stress equals more heart attacks and strokes, which is the last thing anyone wants to witness.


A heroine is one who does all they can for the people they care for. But remember…if these heroines cannot save money now at midlife while caring for others, any thought of “the golden years” will cease to exist.

cc.largeImage:  Donnie Ray Jones

Source:  Baret News


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