People Caring for Aging Parents Pick Their 2008 Presidential Candidate

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Survey asks caregivers if McCain or Obama will represent their needs better

    NAPLES, Fla., Oct. 23 // -- surveyed caregivers -- people who take care of their aging parents -- and found that 50% of them say Barack Obama is the candidate who has caregivers' interests at heart. Another 31% picked John McCain, while 19% said they are undecided. To view full results of the survey, go to .

    Of course, caregiving is not the only issue at hand. Many others -- such as the economy, the war, abortion, etc. -- come into play during election time. Just because survey respondents think Obama will be better for caregivers, doesn't necessarily mean they will vote for him -- or does it? asked participants: Which candidate are you going to vote for? The result: 48% say Obama will get their vote, 31.5% are voting for McCain, 18.5% are still undecided, and 2% say they won't vote.

    But many survey respondents say neither candidate has adequately addressed caregivers' needs. The survey results show many caregivers are uncertain on where the candidates stand on issues that affect them. Here are the results when caregivers were asked, "Which candidate has a more effective position on these issues?"

     a. 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:

    "I believe that Obama is more in tune right now with the needs of the middle class and those of us who are struggling to get affordable, comprehensive health care that provides for the broad spectrum of diseases including things like the dementias and families who care for members with this disease."

    "I like McCain's rebate idea better....for those already getting Medicare the 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 to survive. This will have to include nursing home care. The Alzheimer's situation must be faced, not ignored, since it isn't going to go away."

    About is a website and online forum for people caring for their aging parents. lets those caring for aging parents communicate with each other, get answers from elder care experts and access news, information and products related to caregiving. For more information, visit or call 239-594-3200.

    Media contact: Marlo Sollitto, Editor

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