It isn’t called “middle age” by accident. Sure, it may mean the “middle of life,” but for Baby Boomers, it often means living as the middle generation between raising kids and caring for aging parents – also known as the “Sandwich Generation.”
According to research by the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all American adults ages 40 to 59 have a parent over the age of 65 and are raising a minor child or supporting a grown child. Additional research reveals that nearly 15 percent of adults have provided financial support to both an aging parent and to a child (of any age) within the past year.
What is Involved?
Depending upon their age, health, and other factors, caring for an aging parent may include preparing meals or doing shopping and other errands, administering medications and driving them to appointments, managing their finances, and cleaning their homes. Parents who are frail or infirm may need assistance with bathing and feeding as well, often requiring management of a professional caregiver.
Easing the Burden
Discussions involving end-of-life or changing of life situations is difficult, but talking out the details is the first step to avoiding burnout, as well as providing parents with the care they need and want.
If your parents have a will, and a living will, ask them to discuss with you and your siblings who will be the executor of their estate, as well as who will be in charge of medical care, and day-to-day care, should they require assistance.
Identifying needs before an emergency will ensure that your parent’s wishes are carried out, as well make sure everyone involved is aware of their expectations.
At Windsong, one of the things we hear often is how refreshing it is when neighbors discover other people going through similar life situations, giving them the opportunity to discuss options, or simply vent frustrations, and often learn about solutions they didn’t even know existed.
We designed our homes and communities with the Active Adult in mind – and a carefree lifestyle means more than simply not having to worry about yard maintenance! The strength of the Active Adult lifestyle at Windsong is built upon the individuals who identify similarities between themselves and their neighbors, and forge friendships that last a lifetime.
Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!