We interviewed author and aging expert Joy Loverde about how to make the most of our later years. Watch our Experts in Aging interview with her below.
Celebrating American independence brings to mind how dependent we are on our nation’s 65 million caregivers. Over the next 20+ years, the next civil rights issue we will face is a growing older population with more loved ones needing care as they age—whether diagnosed with a disease, disorder or living with a disability. There is a great need to recognize and support family caregivers, as they are our nation’s largest volunteer healthcare workforce. Particularly during July’s National Sandwich Generation Month, we celebrate those who are juggling children, career and caregiving for an older parent.
Do you have an aging parent who is living alone? Is it hard to spend the kind of quality time with them you would like? Are you worried about their well-being while being a parent to your own children? A skyrocketing number of people find themselves sandwiched between the demands of providing care and financial support to their parents and children—hence the spot-on designation of "The Sandwich Generation."
What can we do to help our parents thrive without taking an impossible burden on ourselves?