It's no surprise that most older adults, when given the choice, say they would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. But what if those older adults develop physical and cognitive challenges? Who helps them fulfill their preference to age in place?
Most of the family caregivers who find themselves "sandwiched" between two different generations -- caring for both at once -- are women. So how can someone who is already stretched to the limit with caregiving responsibilities handle the demands placed on them by their teenager(s)?
An estimated 46 million Americans are serving as caregivers for a loved one. Baby boomers may spend more time caring for parents than they did their own children, at costs ranging from $800 to $8,000 per month. Organizing plans to care for an aging loved one starts with a conversation -- albeit a tough one.
She couldn't leave her bed at all during the final months, but the city came to her, one person at a time, to say goodbye in the room where they'd said so many hellos.
I spend much of my life filled with regret that I don't see the people I love as much as I'd like, and that when I'm with them I don't pay as close attention as I should. A visit with a dear friend last weekend broke that pattern.
By and large I hate aging. The wrinkles under the eyes, the graying hair, the increasingly saggy skin, the ache in the foot that I know will never really get better. Everyone knows the drill.