Caring Majority Townhall- Affordable Family and Health Care
This event is in the past.
The panel will be comprised of students who have lived experience, directly impacted, subject matter experts and dignitaries and will be instrumental in speaking to the issue of care and engaging participants in a community conversation around care.
We are involving students because many students are parents themselves and taking care of children while studying and going to school is not easy.
Affordable care continues to be a rising issue for many students. Many have to quit their education just to care for their children. The average family in Michigan spends $10,114 per year on childcare. Infant care for one child would take up to 16.5% of a typical family’s income in Michigan.
As childcare continues to be an issue, so does eldercare. People are living longer than ever; most of our elders and many people with disabilities need care. But nursing homes and institutions can be expensive and isolating, and very few want to live in one anyway. In Wayne State, we are seeing a rise of elder students and for many, this is a very important issue.
We know that aging and living in one's home - in one's community - is preferred way to be cared for among people who need care. 90% of the population would prefer to age at home instead of in a facility.
Many students are in the “sandwich generation:” providing care for young children at the same time they’re providing care for their parents. Sandwich generation students deal with two unaffordable systems, where the people who require care have significant and rapidly changing needs. This not only makes their personal lives more difficult but also creates barriers to their education and professional career path.
Care is an issue that does or will touch all of our lives and it is better to join together now to create the solutions we need to care for ourselves and our families over the long haul.