The Rapidly Growing “Sandwich” Generation

Are you part of the “Sandwich Generation”? No, we’re not talking about a generation of people that like to eat sandwiches, it’s a newer growing group of individuals that are facing sometimes insurmountable challenges. This group is tasked with not only raising their own children, but also providing care for their elderly parents at the same time.

According to Pew Center for Research in January 2013, nearly half (47%) of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older). And about one-in-seven middle-aged adults (15%) is providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child.

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Members of the sandwich generation are oftentimes pulled (or yanked) in many different directions. The result is a mental, emotional, and financial toll that can be extremely difficult to deal with. Oftentimes, these individuals are working full-time trying to juggle the roles of several people combined. With all the added responsibilities of caring for an elderly parent can come burn-out, exhaustion, insomnia, and many other stress-related illnesses.

Here are some helpful tips to help reduce manage the added responsibilities:

◾Carve out a block of time each week to participate in a hobby or interest that is relaxing and can help you rejuvenate

◾Plan meal and schedules ahead of time to help alleviate stress

◾Talk to siblings or other family members that might be able to help go shopping, run errands, or provide companionship to your parents

◾Find a home care company that can help provide short-term “respite” care to give you a little break each week.

Enriched Life Home Care Services is available to help provide short-term/long-term and part-time/full-time care for your aging parent. We understand the importance of having someone there when you cannot be and hope you will contact us should you need assistance in the future.

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Seniors Suffering from Seasonal Depression

The changes in temperature and seasons can be a warning sign for aging seniors being affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is a type of depression that comes as a result of the reduction of sunlight coming from shortened days. Be sure to pay extra careful attention to your loved ones during this time of year to notice changes in their behavior such as: fatigue during the daytime, sadness, weight gain, lack of desire to participate in activities, or suicidal thoughts.

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Should you believe they are affected by SAD below are some recommendations to help reduce the effects of this type of depression:

Exercise – Regular daily exercise will help keep energy levels high to help ward off depressive thoughts and feelings.

Volunteer – If they are able, taking some time out to help someone in need will not only get them out of the house, but is good for the soul.

Get Sunlight – Take a break throughout the day to go outside and get some direct sunlight to increase vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supplements can also be taken to help keep levels high during winter months when it is difficult to be outside for extended periods of time.

Speak to a Doctor – If the symptoms are amplified or if you are concerned for their safety, do not hesitate to seek advice from a medical professional.

At Enriched Life Home Care Services, we offer in-home care services to help provide your loved ones with much needed personal care and companionship services. Our services can help reduce the effects of seasonal depression by being their when family members are not able to be there.

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Alzheimer’s Apron of Memories

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia you understand that it is sometimes difficult to find activities for them to do to help occupy their time. This can be especially true if your loved one has difficulty staying in one place for very long.

Creating an Alzheimer’s Apron is a fun activity for both you and your loved one. First, involve them in choosing the color apron they like the best. After you have helped them pick out the color, the fun really begins.

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When you are working on the apron together, there are several things that you can incorporate onto the apron:

  • A clear pocket for a picture of a family, pet, or something that they loved. This is a great way for them to be able to look at a comforting picture while wearing their apron.
  • A large zipper with a large pull-hole. This will be fun for them to be pulling and zipping up and down.
  • Sew some large bright things onto their new apron. This can be fun for them to look at and feel.
  • Attach a large pocket made of a material that they will enjoy feeling and touching. This will also allow them to store objects and things that they like and enjoy.
  • Customize their aprons based on your loved ones’ interests.

The Alzheimer’s apron is a great way to help your loved ones stay stimulated and help families and caregivers with assistance. We hope you decide to create an Alzheimer’s Apron with your loved one…it could really brighten their day!

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