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And then there were four: A grandmother stands in for parents

The incidence of grandparents raising their grandchildren as primary caregivers has increased 30 percent since 2000. This film depicts such a situation as we see the daily life of a frail 77-year-old grandmother who is raising four grandsons aged 5-8. The children are from an interracial marriage and neither parent is involved in their care. They had been parceled out to foster homes and grandmother wanted to keep them together. How will she continue to care for them if her health fails and her resources dwindle?

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Bell, L.
Filmakers Library
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20 min.
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The Resource Center is a membership library that serves a variety of health professionals, researchers, educators and individuals involved in geriatrics and gerontology research.


The OGEC Resource Center is part of the Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC). OGEC is a collaboration between Portland State University's Institute on Aging, Oregon Health & Science University, and Oregon State University.

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506 SW Mill Street
Urban Center
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OGEC Resource Center
Institute on Aging
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

(503) 725-5149