Are you living life in the sandwich, raising children while caring for aging parents? According to Pew Research, approximately half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child.
So what kind of sandwich are you? Mostly, I am fried egg on Irish soda bread. It has to be fried – like my mind feels most of the time – and the soda bread represents my ancestory. But when I was living through crisis and both of my parents were hospitalized at the same time, I wasn’t just a sandwich, I was a panini! You know the kind of sandwich where they press the bread?
What about you? Are you maybe a BLT? Are you providing financial support, or bacon, to your family members?
Are you a club sandwich, with kids, and parents and grandparents?
Are you chicken salad? A little afraid of this whole caregiving gig? It scares all of us sometimes.
Or maybe you’ve got this whole caregiving thing under control and so you must be a cucumber sandwich. So cool.
Maybe you’re a lobster roll – caregiving has softened you and you have shed your shell.
Maybe, like Pew’s research suggests, you are part of the majority of the sandwich generation that is happy with their lives overall. Then you must be a fluffernutter!
This caregiving gig can be so serious so let’s have a little fun. Tell me! What kind of sandwich are you?
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