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An Interview with Steve Roberts
Steve Roberts appears regularly on
CNN, PBS and the ABC radio network, and
hosts Voice of America’s “The Roberts
Report.” He is a contributing editor at
U.S. News & World Report, a popular
lecturer, and the Shapiro Professor of
Media and Public Affairs at George
Washington University. Steve, with
wife Cokie Roberts, also writes a
nationally syndicated weekly commentary
column offering no-nonsense analysis of
national and international issues.
Steve Roberts knows a lot about family
dynamics, having written his most recent
book, My Fathers’ Houses: Memoir of a
Family, and co-authored with Cokie the
New York Times’ bestseller, From This
Day Forward (2000).
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down with
Steve to talk about the family business
of writing and writing about the
business of being a family.
Gary Barg: You and Cokie wrote
about this phenomenon in your recent
article called, “The Double-Decker
Sandwich Generation.” Can you
explain what this is?
Steve Roberts: There’s the
traditional concept of what the
“sandwich generation” is; I remember
the moment when I realized that I
was in that middle. It was over 20
years ago during a Thanksgiving
gathering at my parents’ house in
New Jersey. We had rented a bus to
go tour the historic sites in
Philadelphia and I looked around to
notice that the oldest member of our
family, my father, the patriarch of
the family, and my youngest nephew,
who was about 6 or 7, were both
missing from the group. We couldn’t
find either one of them and I
thought this was the perfect symbol
of the sandwich generation—dealing
with my father at one end and then
dealing with my nephew on the other
Finding Daycare Options
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff
Caregivers who are just beginning their journey
may feel day care services are for later stages of
their loved one’s situation. The sooner
caregivers locate and enroll their family member in
a program, the greater the benefit for all
concerned. Finding the appropriate day care
can be challenging, but has grown much easier over
Grandparents as Caregivers
By Josefina G. Carbonell
Grandparents are our connection to the
past, and often the key to what shapes our future.
Grandparents are our history, and we, in turn, are
reflections of their lives and experiences. Grandparents set
the values and standards by which families live, and it is
through traditions that are passed along through generations
by grandparents that families remain strong and together...continued
Vision Loss Affects Our Ability to Communicate
Did you know that by age 70, fewer than 30 percent of
elderly people have 20/20 vision?
Normal age-related visual impairments such as macular
degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma can impact
day-to-day functioning. They can affect our ability to
drive, safely maneuver an
uneven sidewalk, or recognize a friend at church...continued
I stumbled on your Web site while trying to find a place
to take my 87-year-old mom on Saturdays (so that I can get a
break and really give the house a good cleaning). I
have called and talked to so many places that offer daycare
during the week, but there is nothing on Saturdays.
When I called the last place on my list to see if Saturday
care was available, the woman said, “Sorry, we only have
weekday service for daycare.” Jokingly, I said, “Maybe
I’ll start my own Saturday respite.” The woman thought
that was a great idea and said I would have plenty of
clients. Well, that was over six months ago and I am
still thinking about a Saturday respite.
All of that
said, I need to ask, how do I start up a small respite
Saturday or weekend daycare? Do you know anyone who
can direct me or help me out? I figured maybe four
clients (including my mom) with one hired person experienced
in the aged and medical background.
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