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The Senior Sandwich and the Filial Fraction

I recently attended a friend's 70th birthday party.  Also in attending the party was my friend's 93-year old mother.  Though she is now in her 8th decade, the main focus of my friend's life these days is looking after her mother -- who still is living alone.

Future of caring in India

Reading the stories on Ruby's bequest has made me think about  the future of caring in India. I was particularly taken in by the story of Frieda DSouza who is grappling with how to care for her mother from a distance (http://rubysbequest.org/story.aspx?sid=151). India is at an interesting place when you think about caring. Traditionally, the son(s) had to take care of their elderly parents. It was often easy to fulfill this obligation as people lived in joint families. Everyone lived under the same room so it was easy for the son to take care of his parents.

Simply Being There: A Story of Caring

I contributed a story of caring to Ruby's Bequest and thought I'd share an excerpt here. Read the full story here.

Ruby`s Bequest in Kenya?

I’ve been reading through Ruby’s Bequest and have been struck by how useful a similar exercise could be for Kenya. When it comes to caring for the mentally ill, many Kenyan’s still live in the dark ages. To begin with, there is little to no government support. There is little to no education regarding mental illness. Kenya only has 60 psychiatrists, one for every 500,000 people. There is no education regarding the causes of mental illness, most people still think mental illness is caused by bad behavior.

10 Ways Ruby's Bequest Can Add Value to Your Organization

On March 16, IFTF launched the fourth in a series of ground-breaking open collaborative research platforms—Ruby's Bequest—and we know your company will gain value from participating.

Ruby's Bequest: What Superstructing Looks Like

With the Ten-Year Forecast annual retreat just weeks away, the team has been fine-tuning our thoughts about the major reinvention our economy and society is undergoing. Our work on Superstruct last fall has given us a handful of strategies for reorganizing ourselves at both smaller and larger scales, and as I was reading the Ruby's Bequest stories this morning, it was obvious to me that they are superstructing caregiving.

Tell it to someone who cares: Ruby's Bequest is live!

From "Caring from a Distance" to "Making the System Work (Better)," we have begun tapping the wisdom of crowds to gather stories of people's experiences of caring and caregiving at Ruby's Bequest. Here's a glimpse at some of the early stories coming in from people like you!

Ruby's Bequest may shed light on how health care system will help Alzheimer's patients

My colleague, Rachel Hatch, tweeted this morning: "Why Ruby's Bequest?:Caring [for] 4.5mill w/Alzheimers costs $100B/year http://tinyurl.com/3wg8j7." Ruby's Bequest, which launches March 9, is IFTF's latest effort in collaborative storytelling for the public good. It is intended to help us all think more about the future of caregiving. Rachel's tweet links to a story in today's New York Times called "Zen and the Art of Coping With Alzheimer's." It opens with a bullet point: "The number of Alzheimer's patients is expected to increase dramatically in coming years, straining the health care system." That's one more sobering fact for the Health Horizons team to consider as we move forward with our research for Health Care 2020.

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