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Fresh Side Friday — Love Notes from a Seven Year Old.

19 Apr

Before I head off to do battle on behalf of the older side of the sandwich to which I am the meat in the middle, I did want to add something for this Fresh Side Friday.

M. loves his mom2

Some might think it’s hard to parent such a young child on my own while dealing with the needs of aging family members. I think my arrival at parenthood so late in life is a blessing. And I’m grateful for having a seven-year-old rather than a teenager right now. My son is indeed a  handful of silliness and potty talk, but I’ll gladly take his poop tales over my mother’s. And I will happily take notes like this over teenage angst any day.

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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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