Thursday, June 07, 2007

NBC's "Trading Places" Series & Stories

The NBC Nightly News television program, with Brian Williams as anchor, has broadcast many segments about caring for aging relatives, in its "Trading Places" series, which began on February 12, 2007. The series segments have been made available online in an archive.

Initially, the "Trading Places" series provided general information & guidance on topics, such as:

The series became more personal in the retelling, by each television correspondent, of personal experiences with aging parents, as listed here:

Then they invited viewers to submit their personal stories.

As of March 6, 2007, the
NBC Nightly News webpage entitled "Trading Places: Personal stories from viewers" announced the posting of a selection of Americans' stories:
As part of our ongoing series "Trading Places: Caring for Your Parents," we invited you to share your stories about taking care of your parents as they grow older.

So far, more than 6,300 of you have responded. We've published a selection. * * *
Read more viewer stories.
Why would you read such intimate personal stories?

Here are some possible reasons:

  • To learn from individual experiences in selecting long-term care options.
  • To pick up some tips in caregiving & for relief from caregiving.
  • To anticipate similar situations that might arise in your future.
  • To become a more savvy consumer of caregiver services & products.
  • To acknowledge the psychological effects on family members.
  • To understand the need for financial & legal planning.
  • To appreciate the sacrifices made by individual caregivers.
  • To address the issues of end-of-life care.
  • To feel the love, the losses, & the learnings involved in caregiving.
  • To celebrate the intangible rewards of caregiving.
NBC and its Nightly News crew deserve our compliments & thanks for creating the "Trading Places" video series.