We are faced with a significant amount of need for care in our families futures. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around how we will manage. As a member of the “sandwich” generation, I am looking towards a future where I will have to find the resources to not only care for my children but for my parents at the same time. Thankfully, I am a nurse and the Director of the Home Care Services team at Mary’s Woods so I have a small chance of finding a way to make it work. I’m also immersed in a culture where we are always looking for better ways to care for our elders. But what about all of the other families? What about the other parents and children who will be blindsided by the fact that their parents will need care right around the time their kids do? How will they pay for it? What if they too are caregivers in their occupations? Are they making the cost of living that would support this scenario?
There is some hope. People are starting to see their future. And change is hopefully on the horizon thanks to advocates such as Ai-Jen Poo, author of The Age of Dignity and founder of Caring Across Generations https://caringacross.org/. Ai-Jen is finding new ways to help our elders and disabled age with dignity. She is featured in the ‘Care’ Documentary that we are screening at Mary’s Woods Auditorium on September 18th, 2017 at 2:00 Pm.
Join us for the screening and help us help each other.