In her recent bestseller, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, labor activist Ai-jen Poo argues for putting a higher premium on caregiving and improving the prospects for those who provide paid care.
While home care is one of the fastest growing occupations, it is not keeping pace with the need — with more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day. America’s 3 million paid caregivers often work long hours for low pay with few benefits and protections for their own families.
Poo has been instrumental in persuading the U.S. Labor Department to extend wage and overtime protections to domestic workers. Through the Caring Across Generations campaign, she is bringing together older adults and professional caregivers to promote shared policy interests. She is a MacArthur Fellow and Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.