July is a month of sun, barbeques and soaking up the time spent with the ones you love. This month is also dedicated to commemorating the tremendous dedication involved with being a member of the Sandwich Generation. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the Sandwich Generation is defined as “a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children.” This generation is built up of patient and compassionate individuals who work to support both their growing children as well as their aging parents while balancing lives of their own.
According to sandwichgeneration.com the number of American families dealing with care for their aging parents will increase from 25% to 60% in the next decade. This means that more and more families out there are taking on the super caregiver role that is entailed with the sandwich generation.
If you fall into this generation, than July is your time to celebrate just how immense your impact is on the people that value your care most. Take this month to recognize your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to caring for both aspects of your family, and reevaluate your plan of managing your hectic caregiving role. Reach out to the thousands of others in a similar position with discussion boards, support groups and seminars that can help you manage and strengthen your caregiving skills.
Interactive programs are offered to increase caregiving skills, and decrease stressors when it comes to this overwhelming act of caregiving. Check out informative lectures and seminars by Carol Abaya Associates, or take part in discussion boards and interactive chats. Along with these online resources, sandwich generation-ers should reach out to events in their area that are recognizing this specific generation during the month of July. While being a part of this generation can be both emotionally and financially draining, this is the month to step back and soak up the vast amount of resources out there that can make your caregiver role easier.