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18 Miles from Mom, What a New Study Reveals About Our Culture

Portrait of an elderly woman with her adult grandson.The typical adult lives only 18 miles from his or her mother, according to an Upshot analysis of data from a comprehensive survey of older Americans. Over the last few decades, Americans have become less mobile, and most adults – especially those with less education or lower incomes — do not venture far from their hometowns, researchers tell us.

This report further states: those with lower incomes rely more on family for help with caregiving, whereas those who have higher education and higher income are those ones to move farther away from home and use their income to hire caregiving help.  Probably that is not a surprise.

If you live 18 miles or fewer from your Mom (or Dad), and she’s over 60, how often do you visit her?  Do you take her to her doctors or help her to market?  How about your nearby siblings — what do they do?

If you’ve hired help for your Mom (or Dad), do you also find ways to spend time with her involving having fun?  In what ways do you help out?

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