Family Relationships

Join other women in the sandwich generation - share ideas and solutions as you learn to nourish family relationships without starving yourself.

Monday, July 14, 2008

You know, as a Sandwiched Boomer, that July is your special month. Sandwich Generation Month, officially registered with the National Special Events Registry, is now an annual observation. It's a chance to bring families together and heighten understanding of the special needs of this cohort.

Carol Abaya coined the term Sandwich Generation in the early 1990's. Finding no available resouces when her parents - in their late 80's - needed care, she decided to dedicate herself to advising midlife adults.

Now, over 15 years later, as the groundswell of Baby Boomers gray and live longer, there are serious issues that need to be addressed. U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate that the number of older Americans aged 65 or older will double by the year 2030, to over 70 million. So we have an urgent need, once again, to educate and support caregivers who are maintaining multi-generational families.

This week, as we focus on complex issues - preserving out parents' dignity as they need more care, staying connected to our growing children, paying attention to our own personal needs - please share your thoughts, concerns and ideas.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm almost ready to move my widowed mother in with our family. I think it would be easier than running over to her apartment every time something happens, which is getting more and more frequent. I know she worries about losing her independence but we're all going to have to give up some things if this is going to work.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dad was able to take care of my mom after she became ill. When he got more dependent on us, we bought a duplex and he lived next door so we could be available when needed. What we have chosen to do for ourselves, since we don't have children, is move someplace where we can afford to hire the help to be able to stay in our own home.

10:21 PM  

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