We’re living longer than ever before, thanks to incredible advances in science and medicine, and as a result, the sandwich generation (those caring for elderly parents and children simultaneously) are finding a new niche as they age: the boomerang generation.
“Aging together” is the descriptor for older adults whose mom and dad are still living and needing care. The result is that after retirement, many seniors are uprooting and returning back to their home-towns to live closer to their elderly parents. And in some cases, the senior child is dealing with his or her own health concerns, further complicating the dynamics and creating a higher risk for caregiver burnout – on both sides of the equation.
Associate Professor of Gerontology Kathrin Boerner, of the University of MA, clarifies the dilemma: “For a lot of people, that is the time – if you’re in good enough health – you hope for a time of greater freedom. You’re past all the other caregiving tasks and, for most people, they can dedicate time to their own needs. But for those with very old parents, it just doesn’t happen.”
Even though the recreated connection between older adult children and their elderly parents can be therapeutic for all involved, such as through finding shared interests that can be appreciated together, the toll that caregiving can take in later years could lead to increased stress levels, depression, and also physical health concerns.
The good news is, there’s a solution to offer the appropriate care for senior children and their elderly parents, allowing both to concentrate solely on enjoying quality time together: hiring an in-home caregiver from a professional senior care agency like North River Home Care. We can assist in several different ways, tailored to each family’s particular circumstances, including such services as:
- Running errands, such as buying groceries and picking up prescription drugs
- Making nutritious meals
- Assisting with light housework and washing laundry
- Personal care services which include assistance with washing and dressing
- Providing transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments or fun outings
- And much more
Our caregivers are fully background checked, trained, and skilled in all aspects of caregiving. Leave the routine tasks to us, and get back to enjoying life with those you love! Contact us at (781) 659-1366.