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.
This is my third go-round with being the long-distance sibling and I’ve learned quite a bit. Frankly, I made every mistake you could possibly make. And I know most of the experts! So here are my personal tips on how to navigate the waters when you visit. Some of these may seem silly, but with family members – particularly your siblings – little things can turn into big issues really quickly.
There’s plenty that needs fixing about aging in America. So why is giving every older adult the opportunity to mentor an at-risk young person the one thing I’d choose to change?
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.
I first met Joan Lunden on the set of a special TV program she hosted for RLTV called Taking Care with Joan Lunden. She interviewed me as an expert on caring for an older loved one at home. I turned the tables on her and interviewed the famous TV interviewer for this story, which is excerpted from my book A Cast of Caregivers: Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.
An unfortunate truth about family caregiving is that responsibilities between siblings when it comes to the care of parents are often unevenly and unfairly distributed. You can ask for your siblings’ help until you are blue in the face; yet some brothers and sisters flat out refuse to be of assistance or and ignore requests altogether.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Who’s going to take care of me when I’m old?” This is a rather modern question. For thousands of years, multiple generations have lived together making the answer to the question a foregone conclusion. In the last century, however, much of that has changed.
With so many people living solo and grown children moving away, the question of who will take care of us when we are sick, managing an injury, recovering from surgery—and even in our advanced years—needs to be asked again.
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?