Category Archives: aging parents

Woman as Daughter, Mom, MIL, Grandmother

Have you noticed how you and the women in your life are able to accomplish a myriad of activities all the while maintaining rich relationships? According to the pundits, this may be because women are traditionally good at multitasking – both at work and at home. The conventional wisdom is that this skill is a result of both inherent abilities as well as the effects of learning and socialization. Recently, scientists using MRI scans have found that the brains of women are hard-wired to excel at multitasking whereas men’s brains … Continue reading

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Millennials and Boomers: Mutual Support

We don’t often celebrate caring across the generations. When we were growing up, grandparents were the ones who gave us whatever we wanted, provided we didn’t tell our parents. And as the grandma of five grandsons, I know that still applies today. There’s been talk about Granny leave for the caregivers of elderly parents. Businesses lose billions of dollars annually because of employees missing work for family concerns. As the number of family members available to care for aging loved ones decreases and the number of those in need increases, our … Continue reading

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The Kindness of Boomers and Millennials

A friendly encounter or gentle conversation has the power to set the tone for your whole day. And your attitude can be a catalyst to an act of Generativity, a term coined by Dr. Erik Erickson. He describes a stage of psychosocial development when older adults have a strong desire to give back. It often takes the form of nurturing actions or creating changes that help others. A prime example is that older adults display generativity every day to their families and communities. And studies show that two-way supportive relationships between … Continue reading

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Caring for the Caregiver

I recently participated in a forum dedicated to Baby Boomers caring for growing children and aging parents. If you’re a member of the Sandwich Generation, you may be interested in listening to some PODCASTS. You’ll find interesting panel discussions about Boomerang Kids, longterm caregiving and being stuck in the middle, all packed full of compassion, ideas and resources. The statistics are staggering: over 40 million Americans provide care for loved ones who are unable to care for themselves. At times these struggles call for total devotion. And according to AARP, the collective … Continue reading

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