July is Sandwich Generation Month, a chance to pay tribute to adult children who are juggling the demands of raising kids while taking care of aging parents. The number of Americans 65 and older is projected to increase from 40 million in 2010 to over 88 million by 2050, doubling the ranks of those experiencing this stressful combination of responsibilities.
We expect to take care of our growing children. After all, isn't that part of the parenting… Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on July 28, 2012 at 4:24pm —
I grew up in the fifties with practical parents- a Mother, God love her, who washed aluminium foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen, before they had a name for it. A Father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new… Continue
Added by Barbara Harnsberger on July 30, 2011 at 2:28pm —
By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. and Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D.
For families, June is a busy time with graduation parties, little league championships and music recitals. And we all know that right around the corner is summer vacation - lazy days for kids but often stressful for working parents. So if you haven't nailed down your plans yet, here are some ideas that can help with your work/life balance:
To minimize your anxiety and maximize time with… Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on June 22, 2011 at 3:57pm —
One day they are crawling, the next day they are driving and then suddenly they aren’t kids anymore. As children reach adulthood, the parent-child relationship changes as parents learn to adapt to newly independent children.
What will I do with out that free time that I used to use “being a mom”?
Empty Nest Syndrome
Added by Barbara Harnsberger on January 4, 2011 at 3:15pm —
When you dropped your kids off at college, were you the one dragging your heels? This generation of parents has been described as clinging, especially when they refuse to leave the campus. In fact, a number of college… Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on October 17, 2010 at 3:00pm —
No matter how old you are, you’re never prepared for a parent’s death. You can understand it on an intellectual level, but at the heart level it hits you like a brick. It leaves you shell shocked and sobbing in the middle of an art gallery as I was following my husband’s phone call telling me my 93-year old mom had just died. I am forever grateful to the shop owner who supplied me with a never-ending array of tissues and sat with me while I cried.… Continue
Added by Evelyn Kalinosky on June 7, 2010 at 7:41am —
Baby Boomers and our parents... a unique situation. Those of us fortunate enough to still have parents (or a parent) have a precious gift.
Our parents have been through so much and have so much to offer concerning their life experiences. I have lost my mother and father but both of…
Added by Phil McMillan on May 29, 2010 at 1:30pm —
So many of us boomers have been, are, or soon will be caregivers. In a few decades we will want assurance that nursing homes have evolved into places we would want to live. That evolution has begun, and it's being promoted by the Feds. How come most of us don't know about it? Here's some of the good news about it.
This movement is afoot in most states, bringing culture change to long-term care
facilities. 26 states already have nursing homes constructed according to the Eden… Continue
Added by Holly Whiteside on May 16, 2010 at 8:05am —
Are you a baby boomer caring for parents who are having difficulty dealing with day-to day activities? Many boomers find themselves preparing for their retirement while caring for parents who, due to physical restrictions or mental impairment, are no longer able to maintain the independent life.
As our parents age it will be necessary to discuss with them the possibility that due to illness or injury they may no longer be able to live as independently as they had in the past. In the… Continue
Added by Mike Bonacorsi, CFP® on December 29, 2009 at 10:08am —
I was never one of those women who pictured herself in a big white gown, walking down the aisle. For me it was more about getting married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator on the Strip and having a great party in New York afterward.
When Frank and I decided to get married, my only stipulation was that my mother didn’t know about it. If that sounds harsh, understand the women on my mother’s side of the family tend to be a little obsessive. To compound that, my mother and my aunt… Continue
Added by Anne Maxfield on November 25, 2009 at 12:59pm —
By Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D. and Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D.
Robert Frost, in his poem, Death of the Hired Man
, wasn't thinking about boomerang kids when he wrote, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." But he sure might have been.
In this economy, adult children are moving back home in record numbers - for many different reasons. Some are being frugal and planning ahead of the curve. They want to set aside money to buy a house or… Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on November 16, 2009 at 11:43pm —
Last week, while posting on blogher
, I came across a fascinating piece about a new service to care for your pets (and in four states: horses, camels, llamas and donkeys) after “the Rapture”. The service, Eternal Earthbound Pets
has a team of “confirmed atheists” who “will still be here on Earth… Continue
Added by Anne Maxfield on November 10, 2009 at 10:10am —
Earlier this week, I got an e-mail from Facebook
; a friend had sent me a message. And the message? That the mother of an old friend “…passed away yesterday. I thought you would want to know. XO”
Yes, I’d like to know, thank you, because both of this friend’s parents were pretty amazing people, and I will miss them. Maybe this is old fashioned, but shouldn’t news… Continue
Added by Anne Maxfield on November 4, 2009 at 2:35pm —
If you thought you had issues with your parents and driving, just imagine getting this call…
A 61 year old man in Minnesota pleaded guilty Monday to DWI. Dennis LeRoy Anderson was sentenced to two years probation. He was busted last summer when he drove his motorized recliner into a parked car at the local watering hole. Yes, really.
According to the… Continue
Added by Anne Maxfield on October 28, 2009 at 3:43pm —
By Phyllis Goldberg, Ph.D. & Rosemary Lichtman, Ph.D.
Now that autumn is here and your college-aged kids have moved out, you may be feeling unsettled, even melancholy. So what is it that you're more worried about - how they'll get along in school or how you'll adjust to the empty nest?
For some parents 'no kids at home' represents a fresh start. After her youngest child went away to college, Mira realized "This is the only time I've been completely free since my… Continue
Added by Sandwiched Boomers on October 4, 2009 at 1:00pm —
This is a serious book by an accomplished journalist, writer--Howard Gleckman.
'If you are a Boomer, you should buy this book and put it on the coffee table. You will need it in the future to take care of yourself. The notes section of this book, alone, is worth the purchase price. The 22 pages of notes come in the form of a bibliography that you will be referring to over and over in the years ahead.
Caring for Our… Continue
Added by Bob DeMarco on July 19, 2009 at 5:54pm —
Technology can enhance the way we live today. We use technology in almost everything we do. If you drove to work today, you already used a computer (car). If you checked your messages, sent emails, typed in information, are reading this, etc...you are using computers to complete every day tasks.
Tonight when you go home to watch a show on DVR (computer) or listen to your IPOD, think about why we enjoy all of these technologies, yet shy away when these same technologies can be used to… Continue
Added by GrandCare on July 2, 2009 at 3:23pm —
"Caregivers, you need to take care of yourselves."
You know that. You hear that and you read that all the time. The problem is, um, just how do you do that? Our elder(s) need you all the time. They can't afford to pay for in-home care. You don't even know where to start when it comes to taking care of yourself. A partial answer is free respite care, provided by people who can sit with your elder while you have some free time.
Read full post on http://tinyurl.com/ql8yh7
Added by Carol Bradley Bursack on May 15, 2009 at 7:07am —
Adult children caring for aging parents have a tool to assess for medication-related problems
. Modern medicines can work wonders. Appropriate, safe, and effective use of medications can help you stay active, healthy, productive, and happy as you age. You can swim, sail, golf, or dance into your 80s and 90s!
But as you age, changes in the way your body reacts to medications and taking many medications can put you at risk for harmful side effects.
Added by Brian Wolstenholme, PharmD on April 7, 2009 at 3:27am —