Film - Documentary | November 7 | 6-8 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room
Care delves deep into the world of home elder care through the eyes of both paid caregivers and their elderly clients. Undocumented Vilma, cares for Dee, 92, an active businesswoman until dementia ended her work life. With her only family 3,000 miles away, Vilma is her lifeline. In an isolated rural area, Laurie cajoles Larry to do his exercises and have hope while he waits for a lung transplant. Larrys wife Tiff says, This is the hardest job in the world.
Toni knows that all too well. When her husband Peter, a former CBS executive, was struck with a vicious form of Parkinsons, she realized the only way to keep him home was to have 24/7 help. At first she was uncomfortable having care workers constantly in her home, but as she realized how dependent she and Peter were on them, her concern changed to Youre not going to quit, are you?
The film reveals that despite long days taking care of others, care workers often struggle to feed their own families. Laurie cant pay her rent, Vilma cant process her green card, and Delores winds up in a womens shelter. On the flip side, middle class Toni and Peter are going broke paying for the 24/7 care Peter needs.
Through these personal stories, Care reveals the deep humanity and poignancy of care work, as well as the challenges faced by elders, their families and their care workers. It also reveals the beginning of a movement to improve how we careboth for the growing number of older adults and for those who make their lives livable.
At a moment of great division in our country, Care highlights an issue that affects us all urban and rural, immigrant and native born, red state and blue. Providing quality care for an aging population will require reimagining how we value and compensate care workers and how we support families who need their services.
Care raises critical questions to invite dialogue and engagementbefore we hit a care crisis. Join us at the Labor Center for a screening of Care followed by a panel discussion with home care worker organizers and researchers.