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Posted by on Sep 1, 2010 in Challenges, Fall 2010, Family | 0 comments

Are you caught in the sandwich generation?

The telephone rings. It?s the school calling. Your eight-year old has a sore tummy and a high fever. As you race from work to pick her up, you can?t help wondering how many sick days you?ve used up so far this year.

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Arriving home, you listen to your messages. ?Sweetheart, it?s Dad. I seem to have misplaced my teeth again. Can you help??

A couple of hours later, you arrive at your dad?s house, having made a quick stop at the grocery store knowing he will be low on milk, shredded wheat and coffee. You finally track down the missing teeth in the freezer, just like last time! After finishing up the few dishes in the sink, a strong odour of urine wafting from the bathroom urges you to do a thorough clean.

Recognize this scenario?

This woman is Caught in the Sandwich Generation. Caught between the conflicting family demands of raising children and caring for aging relatives. On average, women spend 29 hours a month caring for aging family members, compared to the 13 hours spent by their male counterparts. This extra non-wage earning, part-time job leads to financial ramifications. Family caregivers may have to take a reduction in work hours, and/or are forced to refuse or postpone promotions. The difficulties facing female entrepreneurs include critical time spent away from the business, which could impact the success and growth of their organization.

A whopping 70 percent of family caregivers perceive their lives as more stressful. On the other hand, 95 percent say they experience more life satisfaction. Perhaps this is due to the enhanced bonding and quality time spent with their aging loved ones. Family caregivers are urged to take breaks from their commitments and pursue their own interests. Hiring a Personal Support Worker from an Accredited Homecare Company provides the respite care they so dearly need.

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