The Pew Research Center estimates that one out of eight Americans between the ages of 40 to 60 is raising a child while caring for a parent at home, and those numbers are expected to rise.
The risk for stress, depression and other health problems also rise for these caregivers. Research is showing that women 45-64 years old have the lowest well-being of any age group.
Pam Mashburn with Potential Magazine offered several tips for “Sandwich Generation” caregivers:
• Get regular physical exercise and adequate sleep
• Develop healthy coping strategies - such as prayer, relaxation techniques, yoga or meditation
• Stay organized with paperwork and medical records
• Seek a balance between caregiving and the rest of your life
• Involve other family members in the care (even your kids)
• Model and discuss with your children so that they will know how to help you as you age
• Recognize you are human and you are doing the best you can