Last week, the Washington Post published a very enlightening article about how middle-aged Americans are suddenly finding themselves divided between taking care of their aging parents and looking after their own children, at the same time. The ones going through this crises are usually mentioned as "The Sandwich Generation".
The U.S. population is getting older. Between 2012 and 2050, the number of people over age 65 is expected to almost double, from about 43 million to about 84 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
One thing we usually say about home care is that no one ever thinks about it until it becomes necessary. And the reality is that more and more people in the United States need it each day.
Every day, around 10.000 people in our country turn 65 years old. Of these people, more than 50% are plagued with two or more chronic conditions. Around 48% of the people over 45 years old are providing care for an aging family member, daily. This care averages roughly 20 hours per week.
It may seem easy at first, but the truth is that, over time, helping a loved one is a tough task. However, here’s what a lot of people don’t realize: it is OK to ask for help!
To read out the Washington Post article, click here.