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The Sandwich Generation
By Kathleen Bogolea, MS

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The demanding role of being a caregiver spreads across all racial, gender, age and ethnic boundaries.  Some of the common stressors that affect both urban and rural sandwich generation caregivers are:

  • How do I split my time between my children/family and my elder loved one?
  • How much of my time is too much time in each caregiving role?
  • How do you find the time for my marriage?
  • How do you find the time for myself?
  • How do I keep the generational peace between my kids and my elder loved one?
  • How do I find the resources that I need for my self and my loved one?
  • How do I combat my feelings of isolation?
  • Guilt, Guilt and more Guilt for not having enough time to accomplish all that    “should” be doing. 

To counter act some of these stressors, here are some caregiver tips that may help sandwich generation caregivers along the way:

Hold A Family Meeting
At this meeting, discuss the many different caregiving tasks that need to be accomplished each day or week.  Set a task list for family members to complete each day/week.  Set mutual expectations of how the many tasks of caregiving will be accomplished.  Caregiving is often a one-person show but it does not need to be if you have family support.  The family meeting also allows for family members to participate and share in the valuable gift of caregiving and this can be very rewarding.

Communication
Encourage children and elders to communicate with one another.  During the family meeting, make sure that all family members have a chance to talk about their thoughts and feelings.

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