The Sandwich Generation
You’re rushing around the house getting the kids ready for school, fumbling with coats, lunch boxes and homework, when you’re Dad calls. Mom’s had a stroke, and she’s in the hospital. Your dad is scared and wants you to come home.“Home” is only 45 miles away, just an hour’s drive, but you’re husband has a big presentation in the morning so who will take care of the kids? What about your job? How much time will your boss let you off to care for Mom?You’re worried about your Mom & Dad, your kids, your husband, your boss and how in the world you’re going to take care for it all.
Welcome to the “sandwich generation”. An increasing number of families in their forties, fifties and sixties who are finding themselves caught in the “sandwich generation,” a financial and emotional squeeze.the Sandwich Generation: A New Trend
The sandwich generation was caused in part because life spans today are much longer than in years past, and an increasing number of retirees or near-retirees have aging parents who require costly nursing home, assisted living or in-home care. At the same time, many of these same people have children who are older teens, still in college or who may return home once or twice after college or between jobs in an effort to get on their feet.According to the Journal of Financial Service Professionals, at the beginning of the 20th century between 4% and 7% of people in their sixties had at least one parent still living. Today, that figure is nearly 50%. And people in their sixties who end up caring for an aging parent often feel they are getting a preview of what they may experience emotionally, physically and financially as they age.But that’s only half the story. As recently as 1990, only 25% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 lived with their parents. By 2000, the number had grown to 52%—and it’s still rising, putting more older adults into the sandwich generation–caring for older teens, adult children or aging parents.
And if you feel trapped in the middle, you’ve got company: Nearly 10 million boomers are now raising kids or supporting an adult child while giving a financial hand to an aging parent, according to the Pew Research Center reports.The good news is Guardian Angels ~ Concierge Services is here to help to assist you in juggling the demands of raising kids while also caring for aging parents. Take care of yourself & your family and hire a company to help around the house. Let Guardian Angels be that company.We can do the grocery shopping & delivery for both you and your parents; you can tell us when you want the shopping done, when to deliver the groceries and we can either bring the groceries to your door or put them away for you just the way you would.Our transportation service can be for a doctor’s visit, to the beauty salon, to your favorite boutique to buy a present for a grandchild or picking the kids up from school and taking them to their afternoon activities.Guardian Angels can call in & pick up medications, give medication reminders or assist with basic ADL’s. We can also help with household chores like light housekeeping; the endless loads of laundry, sink full of dishes and that long to-do list you get stuck with every Saturday.Most of us can definitely relate to all the pull and tug on our time and energy when children and parents turn to us for guidance, assistance, and hands-on care. At the time in our lives when we are beginning to feel our own energy levels sagging, when we long for time to ourselves and with our partners, not only do our own children continue to turn to us for help, but our parents begin to do so as well. We find we are officially inducted into the “sandwich generation,” forced to make hard choices on a regular basis. The list is long and ever-changing.
What helps in making such difficult choices is that Guardian Angels ~ Concierge Services is a resource that is available to you. A resource that includes things like giving you back your time; letting you do things that are healthy for you and your family. Our 27 years of experience and knowledge of the senior living arena will help you make those hard choices. Ask for relief when you need it. Let Guardian Angelshelp you so you don’t miss out on the things you care about for yourself, your children and your parents.
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