Season 3

The Henley Family: Caring for a Loved One with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

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According to recent estimates, as many as 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death for Americans. We know that Alzheimer’s disease affects seniors but what is most shocking is that it also affects people under the age of 65. This is very alarming. There are over 250,000 Americans with Alzheimer’s disease under age 65.

The Atlbacker Family: Caring for a Medically Fragile Child

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Until the 1980s, medically fragile children were most often cared for in hospitals and then institutions. Deinstitutionalization, which started with Willowbrook, resulted in children being moved into community settings. In addition, advances in healthcare technology have enabled more children with special needs to leave hospitals.

The Kooper Family: Caring for a Sibling with Special Needs

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People with disabilities are living longer than ever before, outliving their parents. Over 65% of adults with mental illness and 80% of adults with developmental disabilities live with their parents, most of who are in their 60s, 70s and 80s.
When a child is born with special needs it’s usually the parents that bear the responsibility for that child. But what happens when the parents are no longer living or able to take care of their child? Is it then the siblings’ responsibility? Are they available, willing and able?

The LaSpina Family: Passing the Family Business

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The Family Business can be passed on to the next generation successfully if everything is done correctly. The LaSpina’s family story is a success story.
John LaSpina is a second generation owners of Maple Lanes in Brooklyn, NY, and also owns five other bowling alleys on Long Island. His children are now involved as the business passes to the third generation of LaSpinas and John’s son Joseph joins the conversation.

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