It takes a village to raise a child.
The same can be said for providing care for an elderly parent.
As your parent ages, caregiving may have fallen onto you, become your responsibility. But going it alone isn’t an option.
And if you’re like many people currently living as part of the sandwich generation – 10 million boomers are now raising kids and at least one aging parent at the same time – you know caring can be a challenge no matter what the age.
They say parents revert to their childhood at some point. But there are very distinct ways your parents and your children are different. And that can impact you and your family in different ways.
Raising a child fills you with joy. You watch as they change and grow from year to year, moving closer to maturity and adulthood. You receive the satisfaction of watching them move forward into productive lives. Your parents bring about feelings of sadness as you watch them decline and struggle. It can be difficult as both you and your parents work through denial. Emotions can run strong as you move closer to the point you’re unprepared for and really don’t wish to be. [Read more…]