Tips for Surviving Sandwich Generation Stress in 2019

  • December 25, 2018

With the start of a new year just days away, you might be thinking about making a few resolutions. If you are an adult caring for an aging parent while also raising a family of your own, you are a member of the sandwich generation. That likely means your to-do list is overflowing and your days are hectic. 

Surviving the Sandwich Generation Years

Talk to one of the 22 million people who are considered to be part of the sandwich generation and you’ll hear them say how difficult it is to be pulled in so many different directions. According to the Pew Research Center, one of every eight people between the ages of 40 and 60 in this country is caring for a parent and a child. 

If you are a sandwich generation caregiver resolving to achieve better balance in 2019, we have a few suggestions.

  1. Ask for and accept help: You will hear us say this often on our blog because it’s so important. It is impossible to do everything on your own for any extended period of time. Give yourself permission to not only accept help when it is offered, but to see new avenues for assistance. Adult day centers and respite care at an assisted living community are two resources to explore for help. 
  2. Spend some time getting organized: Caregivers often find the paperwork involved with caring for both their children and a parent to be overwhelming. It’s easy to find yourself stacking up medical information and financial papers in hopes of sorting through it later. To avoid missing an important deadline or overlooking an appointment, set aside a few hours at the start of the new year to create a filing system and appointment calendar to keep everything in order. 
  3. Take care of yourself: When you are busy and your task list is long, it’s easy to neglect your own well-being. While you might be able to get away with this in the short-term, it won’t last for very long. Over time, you may develop issues like anxiety, high blood pressure, or even diabetes. Resolve to take small steps toward better self-care. Schedule a physical with your physician. Practice 10 minutes of yoga before you get in the shower in the morning. Make time to socialize with friends once or twice a month. Adopting a healthier lifestyle will ultimately help you be a better family caregiver.

Our final suggestion is to develop an emergency back-up plan for your aging parent. Explore the senior living communities in your area. If the day comes when your senior loved one needs more care than you can provide, you’ll feel confident knowing you have a plan in place. 

Call us at (617) 796-8387 if you have any questions about what type of care your family member might need.

 


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