Tag Archives: care giving

Open the Windows & Pass the Gefilte Fish

25 Mar

Why is this day different than all other days? Because on this day, I am playing the role of the dutiful daughter.

A Seder table setting

A Seder table setting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I think of Passovers past, I have many wonderful memories of Passover seders spent sitting around the dining room table with much loved family members who aren’t here anymore. I was the youngest child in the family and to this day I can sing the four questions in Hebrew by memory. And I can still belt out a mean Dayenu! Continue reading

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The New Sandwich Generation

18 Mar

I know of a woman who lived in a nursing home here in Toronto. This woman was 106 and had dementia. Her adult daughter come to feed her mother lunch and dinner every day for almost 20 years. One day, the visits stopped and the daughter was never seen at the home again. She was simply too tired to continue her daily routine.  The daughter was 88.

The label “sandwich generation” may be relatively new, but the concept of families caring for young children and aging parents at the same time has been around for centuries. What sets this sandwich generation apart is it is  the first generation in which a large majority of women work full-time outside the home. This is significant because women are far more likely than men to assume care giving responsibilities. Also noteworthy is our parents have a much higher life expectancy than their parents. And with advanced age comes the likelihood of more complicated health issues.

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