‘Sandwiched’ Home Caretakers

  ….caught between young and long-lived but ill elders… “…“This is an issue that’s not going to go away,” said Sandra Timmermann, executive director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute, which conducts aging research….Supporting a loved one, particularly someone with a mind-robbing illness like Alzheimer’s or other dementia, can be stressful. Caregivers often have to help their once-independent and alert parents eat, bathe, dress and deal with the unexpected such as a fall injury. Add parenting duties and it can be overwhelming….“They’re being pulled in two different directions,” Timmermann said. “It’s caregiving times two.”…”http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/caught-in-the-middle-sandwich-caregivers-juggle-caring-for-elderly-parents-and-children/2011/12/30/gIQAJhnlQP_story.html