Chances are you’ve heard the term “sandwich generation” bandied about. The term refers to a generation of adults – typically between the ages of 40 and 60 -- who have the responsibility of caring for aging parents, while still raising and supporting children. Caring for aging parents comes with extraordinary challenges, especially when you still have growing children of your own to raise and nurture.
The authors of the book, The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare, hope to help those facing these daunting challenges by sharing their knowledge and experience in this area. Two of the authors, Kimberly Wickert and Danielle Dresden, work in the healthcare industry as rehabilitation and disability counselors. The third co-author, Phillip D. Rumrill, Jr., Ph.D., works as a researcher at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Personal Turbulence Leads to Peace for Others
Both Dresden and Wickert personally experienced the many challenges associated with caring for aging loved ones while still shouldering parenting and career responsibilities. Danielle Dresden was pregnant with twins when suddenly her dad moved in with her. Kimberly Wickert faced similar challenges when she had to find appropriate long term care for her mother-in-law, while also finding and seeking a quality preschool and daycare for her own children.
As the two shared their experiences with one another, they realized that they had accumulated knowledge and information that could prove very helpful to others going through the same thing. They realized that they could share the lessons they learned and their knowledge in a book, hoping to bring peace and confidence to those dealing with the same challenges.
We had an opportunity to talk with Dresden and Wickert about the book.
One of the thought provoking things the authors mentioned is that childcare is similar to eldercare, although eldercare does come with its own specific issues. With childcare, the parent has the burden of choosing an environment that’s right for his or her child and the child typically has no say in the matter.
In the case of eldercare, both Dresden and Wickert say it’s important to talk about it with loved ones ahead of time. This will allow you to identify wishes and personal preferences in advance, giving the elder parent a feeling of control over the situation.
In the next part, we will look at some of the solutions the authors offer for when to start looking for long term eldercare as well as other important eldercare issues.
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Posted on Sat, March 1, 2014