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Respite For Caregivers

Dimitri Tretiakoff helps his mother.Many baby boomers are facing their own retirement and at the same time trying to care for their aging, and sometimes dying, parents.  Few people plan on being caregivers, and accepting the responsibility can have far reaching effects on personal finances and emotional and physical health.  Once the exclusive domain of women, men are increasingly taking on the role of caregiver.  Learn about the economics of caregiving and the resources available to people who care for their loved ones at home.  Meet a man who gave up his career to provide full-time care to his disabled mother.




I really understand what Mr. Tretiakoff has had to go through and feel for him and his quest to take care of his mother.

I too downgraded from being a supervisor to a clerk so that I could work from home to be their for my mother. I also took early retirement instead of working till full retirement benefit age because it was looking like I would not longer be able to work from home.

What is available to help people like us. I look forward to viewing the program if I can find it in my area.


Wish you and your mother well,Barbara.Did you know you can watch the program on this website? Try cutting and pasting this if you can’t find it otherwise:

Respite for Caregivers

Family Stories

Dimitri Tretiakoff

Dimitri Tretiakoff

As more men step into the role of primary caregiver, they are finding that the job requires far more than home health skills.

Expert Interviews

Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Kathleen Kelly

Kelly, Executive Director of the Family Caregiver Alliance, lays out the cost of caregiving, the importance of respite, and how caregiving relationships are changing.

John Leland, Reporter, <em>New York Times</em>

John Leland

Leland, a New York Times reporter who covers issues and trends in aging, talks about men joining the ranks of caregivers, the challenges and joys of caregiving, and offers a new definition for the boomerang generation.


Alexis Abramson, Ph.D., Gerontologist

Dr. Alexis Abramson

Why is respite so important for caregivers?

Stephanie Coontz, Professor, Evergreen State College, Director of Research at the Council on Contemporary Families

Stephanie Coontz

Do male caregivers get enough social interaction?

Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver Alliance

Kathleen Kelly

Will Medicare cover long term care?

John Leland, Reporter, New York Times

John Leland

How do caregivers ever get a break?


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