All last week, NBC told us about the plight of the elderly in its Trading Places series. Not only is NBC continuing its focus on that demographic--Kevin Tibbles visited the family-style Rakhma House that cares for Alzheimer's patients in Minnesota--but now CBS is joining in with The Caregivers. Sandra Hughes profiled a Lancaster Cal member of the so-called sandwich generation, who cares for growing children and aging parents simultaneously, "an exhausting full-time business." Maryanne Winchell spends up to four hours a day looking after her ailing parents. She has nothing saved for her own retirement or for her children's college.
As vicious as those teenagers were in Pierre Thomas' series on ABC, at least the Mean Streets offered some demographic variety.
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