The Dilemma of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ At Home Helpers of Boise Idaho, we recognize the unique difficulties faced by the so-called “Sandwich Generation”—i.e., those folks who are in the position of caring for both your younger (or even young adult) children as well as your own aging parents. And sandwich might be too kind of a term, since often you’re getting pressed (and stressed) from all sides; the “Panini Generation” might be more accurate!
As our parents get older, a concern that many people have is how their mental and physical health will be as they age. However, now that more information is available on how to stay healthy, more and more seniors are living longer lives. This is especially true for elders who have been making healthy choices throughout their life.
It’s a scary thought…having to talk to your parents or grandparents about giving up their independence. How do you have that conversation? How will they get where they need to go? While you may want to always be there to help out, it’s likely that you’ll have conflicts from time to time that just won’t allow it. That’s OK…you have options!
Being active is intentional…you have to find things to do! Sure we may occasionally discover something fun for the family, but more often than not, we have to go out and look for family fun. This is especially true when you’re including seniors. They may want to go out and do all of the crazy stuff that the kids do, but the summer heat can be overwhelming at times. Here are a few things to do this summer that you can enjoy with your aging parents or grandparents!
It’s likely one day you’ll have an aging parent that needs more help than you can provide. At that point you’ll need to figure out how to best help them with their daily needs while maintaining their lifestyle and dignity. There will be many choices available to you. In home care is the best for seniors if at all possible.
Anyone that’s ever had a fussy toddler knows the value of assistance from family or friends in time of stress! We’ve all needed a break when things got tough! It’s not much different when you have an aging family member that needs more attention than they used to. It’s part of aging…most of us will go through it!
With an increasing number of our clients having Parkinson’s, this edition of our newsletter is dedicated to helping people gain insight about this chronic and progressive illness.