Open discussion is key in family caregiving

We’re not talking eating here. The sandwich generation is now Family Caregivers even while raising their first offspring. In 1982 the phrase “sandwich generation” was brought about by Dorothy Miller, a social worker. This group of family caregivers was first introduced by Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964) who took on the role of caring for their aging parents. Nowadays we see the next generation (Generation X, born between 1961-1981) doing the same as our elderly live longer.

According to a recent survey by T. Rowe Price, more than one third of parents with 8 to 14 year old kids are those also looking after their aging parents. In the survey 68% of those acknowledged the aging parent lived with them.

As a family caregiver, education and knowledge is in your hands. This is not an easy road to travel.

In relationships communications is key, BUT not the final goal. Revelation and connection is the answer to your relationships. This is factual in life, not just in family relationships.

Listening in conversation is an art and we all need to accomplish this. All too often we want to express our opinions and get our thoughts out by interrupting someone. That breaks their train of thought and leads to disruption in the whole conversation.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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