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Some Simple Advice for the Sandwich Generation

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/30/2015
We may love our parents as much as we love our children, but we certainly never expected to be caring for both parents and children at the same time. This is the predicament of the sandwich generation, the growing group of middle-aged moms and dads who also find themselves caring for their own aging parents.

Raising children comes with a whole set of challenges and responsibilities. Add the unexpected role of your parents' caretaker to the mix and life can become unimaginably complicated. Between shuttling the kids to soccer practice or ballet and escorting mom or dad (or sometimes both at once!) to various doctors' appointments, how on earth will you find the time to make dinner? Or run errands? Or clean the house? And let's not forget about your full-time job!

Keeping up with the myriad responsibilities of the sandwich generation can be tough, but it need not be impossible. Indeed, juggling kids, work, and caretaking can be a rewarding, life-enhancing experience. The trick is to maintain some peace and perspective amidst the chaos of your day-to-day life.

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not quite, but with an open mind (and a great sense of humor) it is possible to join the ranks of the sandwich generation without losing one's sanity in the process. Here are a few simple tips to help you along the way:
  1. Don't neglect yourself. This only leads to frustration and eventually, burnout. Whether it's taking some time to read a good book, relaxing in the bathtub, or attending a yoga class or religious service, be sure to carve out a little bit of time each day for yourself. You deserve it!
  2. Count your blessings. You love your beautiful children more than words can express. (Sure, one of them just created an abstract masterpiece in permanent marker on your freshly-painted living room wall, and the other one is giving the dog a bath in maple syrup as we speak, but this in no way diminishes your love.)
  3. Continue to count your blessings. You still have your parents, whose wisdom and love has nourished you since childhood. Don't take any of this for granted.
  4. Get some help! Whether you hire someone to help out around the house, employ a part-time caregiver assistant to help out with your parents, or seek the assistance of a licensed therapist to help you work through things, the important thing is not to try and do it all on your own.

At The Medical Maven, we understand the issues that caregivers face. We are here to help you navigate the often complicated world of medical supplies and equipment. Stop by our website or give us a call at 855-Maven-87 (855-628-3687). We are eager to share our knowledge and expertise with you so that you can focus on the important job of caring for your family.

Statement: A bit of simple advice can help members of the sandwich generation deal with stress.

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