multigenerational

More Americans Support Aging Parents — And Grown Kids

Posted on 01/30/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingFor many years, we’ve thought of the “sandwich generation” as people who are taking care of older parents while raising young children of their own. But that seems to be changing. Many people today are taking care of their moms and dads— and, increasingly, their grown kids who still need financial help. So even though their nests are empty, their wallets are quickly emptying too. According to a new Pew Research Center report released today: Nearly half (47%) of adults age 40-59 have a parent 65 or …

The Invisible Grandparent at CES 2013

Posted on 01/10/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your Life  After a few days at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I feel like I’ve been virtually dipped in technology. There are 1.9 million net square feet of more than 3,250 exhibitors showing off their new technologies, with some 20,000 new products launched. I’ve seen gadgets, gizmos and robots. Audio, video, cellular, wifi. Cars, games, toys, health supports, exercise equipment, appliances, “connected” homes, cameras and music. Some companies talk about their target audiences, including kids, teens, young adults, moms, men …

Make Room for Gramps: Living Together No Fad

Posted on 12/14/2012 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSure, the sour economy over the last four years pushed generations of  families to live together under one roof and share household expenses. But if a new trend is to be believed, this way of life is no longer simply a temporary response to a rough economy.  Today home builders are making homes with extra rooms and features that accommodate extended families — from grandparents and their adult children to toddlers and teens. Lennar, one the country’s biggest home builders, told …

Tips for Multigenerational Living

Posted on 12/13/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI was pleased to be included as an expert in a recent NBC Nightly News three-part series on caregiving. The series culminated in a segment in which I was interviewed about multigenerational living. After many years of working with multigenerational families, and now that I, too, live in a multigenerational household with my parents and their live-in caregiver, I’ve learned a lot. Here’s a roundup of my tips for those of you in similar situations — or those of you …

Making the Most of Multigenerational Living

Posted on 08/17/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEditor’s note: This post follows the first in this two-part series, Multigenerational Living on the Rise. These posts are modified from Amy Goyer’s article, Multigenerational Living is Rising, and May be to Everyone’s Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today. Those living in multigenerational households admit there are challenges that come with this living arrangement, but most say the benefits outweigh them. Financial reasons are often cited as the primary motivator for multigenerational …

Multigenerational Living: On the Rise

Posted on 08/10/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEditor’s note: This post is modified from Amy Goyer’s article, Multigenerational Living Is Rising, and May Be to Everyone’s Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today magazine. Laura and Paul Patyk, both in their mid-40s, have a full house. With six children, any home would be a bit crowded. But in 2003, the Patyks invited Laura’s parents to live with them when her mother became ill with congestive heart failure and a stroke. A …