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Why Elder Care Should Matter to You Too

24 Aug

I’m committed to finding ways to advocate for aging populations. And while I’ve been lax with original content for this space, I have been dutifully keeping up with the latest in issues relating to seniors, aging, dementia and elder care. I do so by reading as much as I can on these subjects whenever I can steal a moment.

With a rapidly aging global population and the likelihood of more individuals than ever before being afflicted with dementia,there seems to be a new study or report released every day. Many of these studies are from  highly reputable institutions. Others are from businesses looking to profit off the coming “grey tsunami” .
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Balancing Work, Childcare, & Eldercare, A New Study on Canada’s Current Sandwich Generation

27 Mar

I am a boomer. Albeit a late-end boomer, but a boomer still.  Advances in birth control gave us the ability to delay marriage and children. And we established greater than ever participation (62% as per the 2006 Canada Census) of women in the workforce.  We’re living longer than ever and so are our parents. The result is an increasing number of Canadians simultaneously caring for young children and elderly relatives while holding down full-time jobs.

We are the sandwich generation. Ours is a world of trying to balance paid work, parenting, and caring for chronically ill parents. We’re almost always tired. We’re prone to being cranky. If able to hold down a job too, we’re prone to making mistakes and more likely than our colleagues to turn down promotions. Those who can swing it financially are leaving their jobs, draining the workforce of highly educated, experienced professionals. But we are stretched already.  And when we start hitting our 80s, someone is going to have to take care of us. Continue reading

View from the Other Side

26 Feb

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This is the other side of the divide; the joy that comes from a life just beginning. For me, late motherhood is about so much more than juggling requests for depends, and doctors’ appointments. It’s also about early morning practices and driving to ice rinks at the opposite end of the city.
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Welcome to My Dementia Deli

5 Feb

I am part of “the sandwiched generation”, those adults caught in the middle of caring for older parents and young children. Like many of my boomer counterparts, I am typical in that I put off marriage and childbirth to pursue a career.  I am untypical in that more than 20 years into my career, I adopted an infant as a single parent.

At the time I became a mother, I was well into my 40s and working in middle-management at the head office of a major Canadian bank.  Following a year off for parental leave I quickly discovered the challenges of juggling a high-stress job with the demands of a toddler. But work and childcare responsibilities were not all I was dealing with. In addition to raising my son and working, I also had a widowed mother with chronic health issues and a bachelor uncle/father-figure who, up until he was in his late 80s, was in relatively good health. As an only daughter and only niece, I was also deeply involved in both their lives.

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