James Lee often has to pick up his 100-pound son, Justin. Photographer Andrew Nixon shot this photo in an effort to show how being caregivers affects the aging parents.
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July 10, 2014 Readers responded strongly to our series about caregiving, especially one photo of a father caring for his son with cerebral palsy. Some said it was demeaning. Others said it revealed great love.
Jason DaSilva was on a family vacation in 2006 when he fell and couldn't get up. His multiple sclerosis symptoms have progressed to the point that he can't walk.
June 23, 2014 Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. He has applied his skills as a documentary filmmaker to show what it's like to quickly lose the ability to walk.
Walking: so simple, yet difficult for many people as they age.
May 27, 2014 Nobody wants to spend their final years unable to walk, but that sad fate afflicts many people as they age. A little exercise helps a lot, especially if people can do it in social groups.
A third of adults who have had a stroke before age 50 have a hard time caring for themselves or living independently.
February 27, 2014 One-third of people who have strokes when they're young struggle with disability and loss of independence nine years later, a study finds. About 10 percent of strokes hit people under 50.
Sure, it's relaxing. But all those hours on the sofa may make it hard to actually stand up on your own.
February 19, 2014 People tend to relax as they get older, and most people sit more. Each extra hour of sitting increases the odds that they won't be able to get out of bed or do other daily activities.
April 18, 2013 Our series on government disability programs continues to provoke debate.
July 26, 2010 House honors American Disabilities Act with a first, a lawmaker in a wheelchair got to preside.
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