The "Sandwich Generation" is becoming more well known than ever before. The sandwich generation is defined as someone who cares for their children and parents at the same time. They may support them both financially and emotionally. This becomes increasingly tiresome on an individual that is the caregiver. Their are different types of sandwich generations as stated on seniorliving.org. Those generations consist of:
The Traditional Sandwich Generation- Refers to a adult sandwiched between their elderly parents and adult children. They may be caring for them financially, emotionally, or both.
The Club Sandwich Generation- A caregiver sandwiched between their elderly parents, adult children, AND grandchildren.
The Open Faced Sandwich Generation- Someone who is non-professionally involved in elder care.
Being in the sandwich generation can be extremely stressful. Someone may experience caregiver burnout, health issues, and trouble continuing existing relationships. Unfortunately, the percent of caregiver's in the sandwich generation is only rising. There are some helpful tips to consider if someone is in this situation.
Tip #1- Have aging parents move in with you to relieve the financial burden.
Tip #2- Look into an emergency pendant system so there is 24/7 oversight if something happens.
Tip #3- Have open communication with your family and a plan of action when situations arise.
Tip #4- Look into an in-home care service or senior living community to relieve some of the care-giving burden.
If you are needing assistance or have questions reach out to aging services or the nearest senior living community like The Views Senior Living. We are here to support YOU in your time of need!