Due in part to the advances of science and medicine, humans are living longer than ever before, resulting in a new role for the sandwich generation (adults providing care for both children and aging parents): the role of the boomerang generation.
“Aging together” is the descriptor for older adults whose parents are still living and needing caregiving. The result is an emerging trend of seniors moving after retirement and returning to live near their elderly parents. And perhaps, the senior child is fighting his or her own health concerns, further complicating the dynamics and resulting in a higher risk for caregiver burnout – on both sides of the equation.
Associate Professor of Gerontology Kathrin Boerner, of the University of MA, identifies 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 senior parents can be beneficial for all involved, such as through finding shared interests that can be appreciated together, the toll that caregiving can take later in life could lead to elevated levels of stress, depression, and even physical health concerns.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to provide the appropriate care for senior children in addition to their elderly parents, allowing for both to focus specifically on enjoying quality time together: hiring an in-home caregiver from a professional elder care agency like Regency Home Care in Atlanta, GA. We can assist in several different ways, customized to each family’s particular situation, including such services as:
- Running errands, including shopping for groceries and picking up prescription medications
- Preparing healthy and balanced meals
- Assisting with light housekeeping and laundry
- Personal care services such as assistance with bathing and dressing
- Providing transportation and accompaniment to healthcare appointments or fun outings
- And much more
Our Atlanta senior caregivers are thoroughly background checked, trained, and experienced in all aspects of care. Leave the tedious tasks to us, and get back to making the most of life with those you love! Contact Regency Home Care to learn more about our wide range of home care services.