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Memory Care and Multigenerational Living

More and more there are older adults that live with family members in multigenerational households. Multigenerational households have two or more generations living under one roof. Adults living in this family arrangement are primarily 25 years or older, but skipped-generation households (ones with grandparents and grandchildren younger than 25) are also included in the demographic.

Of course, this would also include the sandwich generation — adults who care simultaneously for children and elderly individuals.

The benefits of caring for an older adult in a home with different age groups are positive for all parties involved. Firstly, caregiving can be easier and less isolating in a multigenerational household. Caregiving responsibilities for everyday living activities can be shared among family members of all ages up to and including the spouse of the older adult impacted by cognitive impairment.

Multigenerational living arrangements may also improve financial resources, buffer stress, and reduce loneliness for the caregiver. These families can share in everyday activities involving intellectual and social interests that can increase health benefits for all and slow the degeneration of brain function and memory loss. With the support of family members, older adults can maintain regular mealtimes, be included in conversations about daily activities, and receive assistance from multiple people in the household.

All family members can contribute to the care of those impacted by memory issues. Children and youth also benefit from multigenerational living as it can help their mental well-being and improve their social and emotional skills.


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