NAPLES, Fla., Oct. 23 AgingCare.com surveyed caregivers --people who take care of their aging parents -- and found that 50% of them sayBarack Obama is the candidate who has caregivers' interests at heart. Another31% picked John McCain, while 19% said they are undecided. To view fullresults of the survey, go tohttp://www.agingcare.com/Featured-Stories/133449/Caregiver-Survey.htm .
Of course, caregiving is not the only issue at hand. Many others -- suchas the economy, the war, abortion, etc. -- come into play during electiontime. Just because survey respondents think Obama will be better forcaregivers, doesn't necessarily mean they will vote for him -- or does it?
AgingCare.com asked participants: Which candidate are you going to votefor? The result: 48% say Obama will get their vote, 31.5% are voting forMcCain, 18.5% are still undecided, and 2% say they won't vote.
But many survey respondents say neither candidate has adequately addressedcaregivers' needs. The survey results show many caregivers are uncertain onwhere the candidates stand on issues that affect them. Here are the resultswhen caregivers were asked, "Which candidate has a more effective position onthese issues?"
"I believe that Obama is more in tune right now with the needs of themiddle class and those of us who are struggling to get affordable,comprehensive health care that provides for the broad spectrum of diseasesincluding things like the dementias and families who care for members withthis disease."
"I like McCain's rebate idea better....for those already getting Medicarethe rebate would almost act like an HSA would for everybody else."
"Some sort of universal health care is going to be a 'must' if we are tosurvive. This will have to include nursing home care. The Alzheimer'ssituation must be faced, not ignored, since it isn't going to go away."
AgingCare.com is a website and online forum for people caring for theiraging parents. AgingCare.com lets those caring for aging parents communicatewith each other, get answers from elder care experts and access news,information and products related to caregiving. For more information, visitwww.agingcare.com or call 239-594-3200.
Media contact: Marlo Sollitto, Editora. Health coverage for the uninsured Obama 53.5% McCain 30.0% Undecided 17.0% b. Medicare/Medicaid policies Obama 48.7% McCain 31.6% Undecided 20.7% c. Unfair treatment of caregivers at work Obama 46.5% McCain 22.2% Undecided 33.8% d. Pay/compensation for caregivers Obama 43.1% McCain 23.1% Undecided 34.4% Quotes from caregivers who took the survey: