Inevitable role of family caregiver

March 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Archives, News

If you have parents, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, a spouse, or a friend, you probably at some time will be either a primary caregiver or a secondary caregiver. Those of us who are in our 50’s are in what they call the “sandwich generation.” as explained on the Carestation Blog. We are sandwiched between taking care of our children or grandchildren and our aging parents or others in their generation. If you are a woman, you have a greater chance of becoming a primary caregiver according to statistics reported in a report on The Family Caregiver Alliance Site The statistics sited are numbers from a few years ago. With baby boomers like me reaching their late 50’s and my parents moving into their 80’s, those statistics cited will grow exponentially. Moreover, my sons will then be more likely to move into the role of primary caregiver for either myself or my parents. This means that not only are we responsible for researching how to get our own affairs in order, but also on providing good care for the ones we love and care for our selves. I did not do that the first time I was a primary caregiver, but I will as I move into the role of caring for my aging parents. How many of you were prepared?

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