If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” or the generation raising children while caring for aging parents, the holidays may feel more stressful than peaceful.
Perhaps you’re juggling working a full-time job, spending time with your kids, shopping, baking, wrapping gifts and accompanying your parents to doctor appointments. Or perhaps your senior loved ones are just beginning to need more help and you are looking for resources to navigate the conversation.
No matter what your situation may be, the responsibilities of helping support senior loved ones can take their toll during the increased busyness of the holiday season. It’s important to remember:
It’s okay to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to lean on family and friends if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
It’s okay to say no sometimes. Setting boundaries is critical for your mental and physical health.
It’s okay to enjoy some “me time.” Not only do you deserve it, but you will emerge refreshed and better able to fulfill your vital role in your family and community.
You are not thanked enough for what you do, but you are deeply appreciated. We hope this holiday season brings joyful memories for you and your senior loved ones as you face aging together.