Balancing 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?
Was 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"?
By 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:
For 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.
Scratch the surface of all the partisan rhetoric, and Medicare policy prescriptions from leading Democrats and Republicans don't really look so different. And the 1.5 million boomers a year signing up for Medicare will be at the forefront of any policy changes.
Updated: Anthony Weiner, right, resigns. Why is this news in this space? People over 50 are sexting more often than you think. While it may not be in the same manner as the former New York Congressman - many are doing it to keep things spicy with their spouses and partners - it is happening.
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