We’re in the midst of a major demographic shift in the U.S. with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day. Many are taking care of parents and spouses. As this generation ages, more people will need care. They’re grappling with how they want to live as they age, what resources are available, and how to pay for them. We have no national care policy in the U.S., and most workplaces lack policies to help employees successfully juggle their work with family demands. As author and care work activist, Ai-jen Poo, says, we’re in a “crisis-tunity” – a crisis AND an opportunity.
The Shape of Care: A Podcast About Caregiving is a seven-episode series that explores the world of caregiving. Through storytelling and information-sharing, we share the perspectives of family members who provide unpaid care, as well as paid care workers, who are largely women of color and immigrants. We feature guests who have created innovative programs, like a worker-owned home care agency, and the LGBT Aging Project; and care work activists who are organizing nationally to mobilize care workers, and more broadly, to implement a progressive national care agenda.
Even though there are so many of us doing caregiving work, we’re not talking to each other. We’re just trying to keep it together. This podcast is a platform for that conversation. Hopefully, one that helps people feel less alone and more empowered.