In Caring for Parents, Take Time for Self

The Sandwich GenerationMultiple studies have concluded what many Baby Boomers already know: caring for elderly parents is a major source of stress.

While advocacy groups recommend things like a durable power of attorney, discussions about long-term care and medical preferences, they often fail to mention the time, expense, plus the physical and emotional toll that members of the “sandwich generation” will experience when they care for elderly parents.

Emotional stress may manifest in a variety of ways including anger, guilt, depression and more. In medical terms, “sandwich” adults often are referred to as “hidden patients,” individuals who ignore their own needs as they care for their parents.

Experts recommend caregivers evaluate their own stress levels regularly, and to seek help if they experience any of the following:

    Li>unusual sadness, moodiness or anger
  • unusual fatigue or drastic change in sleeping habits change in dietary habits, including eating patterns and unexplained gain or loss of weight difficulty concentrating on regular activities withdrawal from friends or social activities depression or feelings of hopelessness

It may seem as though your needs are minimal in comparison to those of an elderly or infirm parent, but self-care should not take a back-seat, experts warn.

Making lists, eating regular balanced meals, drinking enough water and getting adequate rest and exercise are important, but so are interacting with friends and maintaining your own hobbies and interests.

Each Windsong community was designed with the active Boomer in mind, with low-maintenance features and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle. In addition, flexible spaces designed with age-in-place features accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, even special furniture or fixtures, without the need for extensive renovations.

Members of the Sandwich Generation find Windsong communities the perfect places to relax and savor time spent with friends, neighbors and multiple generations of family.

Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!

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