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What is the Sandwich Generation and how to Navigate it?

Adults aged 35-54, raising children under 18, and caring for their aging parents are considered the Sandwich Generation.

Balancing raising children, employment, and aging parents can leave those who fall into this category feeling overextended, experiencing extreme stress, and struggling with caring for themselves.

Needing to provide care for aging parents can be sudden and unexpected. Care needs can arise from an incident, a hospitalization, a fall, or a recent diagnosis. Preparing for the dual Caregiver role can be challenging when it is unplanned.

Here are a few tips from the American Psychological Association that can help you manage the stress of dual caregiving.

  1. Identify Stressors

  2. Recognize how you deal with stress

  3. Find healthy ways to manage stress

  4. Ask for professional support

Knowing what causes you stress and how you respond to that stress is the first step in combating it. Healthy coping mechanisms and professional support can help reduce the stress and anxiety you may experience in caring for your parents and children.

Communication is another crucial key. Once you have identified stresses, coping mechanisms, and professional support, talk to the necessary family members (siblings, partner, etc.) and present their role in supporting you in your Caregiver journey.

Being a Caregiver doesn’t mean having to do everything alone. You can’t pour from an empty cup, and having a support system ensures that your loved one’s needs and yours are met.

Note: The VirtuALZ blog (FYI) is strictly a news and information website about Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and life over 60. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The VirtuALZ Blog (FYI) is intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease.


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