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On Dec. 6, Larry Minnix, board chair of Generations United, facilitated a panel discussion among aging services experts and family caregivers on the coalition's new report, Family Matters: Multigenerational Families in a Volatile Economy, which examines the formation of multigenerational households due to economic pressures.
The report, which was based on a nationwide survey of multigenerational families the coalition commissioned by Harris Interactive, found the following:
The report includes recommendations for federal, state and local policymakers, employers and community organizations to better meet the needs of multigenerational households.
Panel members and speakers included:
Panelists discussed the enhanced bonds among family members that can result from multigenerational housing arrangements, along with the increased stress that can also occur.
Generations United is a coalition of organizations serving seniors, children and families. Its mission is to improve the lives of children youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit for all.