sandwich generation

The Art of Care

Posted on 09/13/2013 by |Caregiving experts & bloggers | Comments

CaregivingBalancing care for a loved one with medical professionals, residential staff or home health employees can get complicated quickly.  Defining your role as a care partner can be difficult. How do you let go and trust “those professionals”? How do you know who should take the lead and when? I’ve cared for my mother with dementia over 30 years and my father with brain cancer for 4 ½ years. During this period, I found myself standing at a crossroads several …

Why Is It So Hard for Women to Get Some Sleep?

Posted on 08/29/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhy do women in their 50s find it so hard to get a good night’s sleep? According to the first such study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), middle-aged women are the most likely to use sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta and similar medications. Also having a tough time sleeping — adults 80 or older. Overall, nearly 9 million Americans rely on prescription pills to get to sleep each night, the study found. Related: Is a Cold Mattress …

Boomer Suicides Soar: Is the Economy to Blame?

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWas it because of the devastating economic recession of the past decade, or the widespread mortgage crisis? Or maybe it was due to the abuse of prescription painkillers like OxyContin, or the pressure of being the “sandwich generation”? There are plenty of theories for why new government figures show the suicide rate for middle-aged Americans — adults ages 35 to 64 — jumped nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. The increase was even higher — a 40 percent rise …

Generation X is the New Sandwich Generation

Posted on 02/1/2013 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Your LifeBy way of introduction, I am both AARP’s Vice President of Home and Family and among the first members of Generation X.  My role at AARP involves working with all of my co-workers to make sure that we know what issues are important to the fifty plus around home and family and working to address those issues through the things we do.  This involves five related topics: Caregiving; Kids and grandkids; Livable communities; Driving; and Consumer technology    We know …

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 …

Planning, Planning … Poof!

Posted on 04/23/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Money & SavingsEditor’s note: This is the third in a series of guest blogs by Lee Woodruff. As I said goodbye to my father in his assisted-living facility the other day, I left shaking my head in wonderment. How had we gotten to this place? My two sisters and I had been trading shifts, running back and forth between my parents for weeks now, toggling between the hard choices about my Dad’s sliding dementia and my mother’s tenuous health, which we hoped …