Who is going to take care of my parent’s when they are old?
Caught In The Middle
Dear Caught In The Middle,
You are not alone! Just listen for a moment, at any gathering of your friends, and there is a 100% chance of someone beginning a conversation involving their “Aging Parents”. The Baby Boomers have been described as the “Sandwich Generation”; caught in the middle caring for both children and aging parents, but what can be done to lighten the load?
As most children worry about their aging parents, the facts have shown that Middle-aged adults will probably spend more years caring for a parent than they did for their own children. This is in part to the increased life expectancy to age 80. So, where do you find the help you will inevitably need?
One option is bringing the parent into your home. Believe it or not, not only is that an option YOU resist, but your parent resists it more! They DO NOT want to be that burden. They also do not want to be made to feel incompetent, or dependent. Remember, they raised you. The better option is the “Village” approach.