Primetime (Television program). Family Secrets. [2009-06-30], No Place Like Home

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Created: 2009


Primetime (Television program). Family Secrets. [2009-06-30], No Place Like Home
Summary: "PrimeTime Family Secrets: No Place Like Home

"This was a four-year effort which explored a vitally important yet largely unexamined issue facing the elderly--what happens when a well-intentioned decision to avoid putting a parent in a nursing home meets the harsh realities of today's fractured families? We approached the story from a unique perspective--recording thousands of hours of videotape to chronicle the struggles of caring for an aging parent in one's home. An estimated 50 million Americans have chosen this path, but with two-career families, second marriages, longer life spans and challenging illnesses, families are facing new issues which previous generations did not. To understand this emotionally-wrenching issue we followed a husband and his new wife as they assumed the 24/7 care of his mother, who has Alzheimer's. Emotions run high as they find themselves dealing with the stresses, conflicts, guilt, fears and jealousies that strain the marriage and another family member is forced to step in.

"ABC used several platforms to explore the issue--a one-hour prime-time documentary using the in-home footage, a shorter magazine story on Nightline taking the viewer through an experiment simulating dementia, as well as webcasts showing caregiver support groups and Adult Protective Services workers as they investigate problems. We also gave viewers the opportunity to ask questions of our experts via the web and provided additional support materials and information for those seeking help.

"ABC's commitment to the project involved devoting its resources over a period four years. Our intent was to provide an eye-opening array of content throughout our news programming which would spark conversation between generations before it's too late."--2009 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: ABC News | ABC Television Network

Persons Appearing: Cynthia McFadden

Broadcast Date: 2009-06-30