We often think about child-rearing and caregiving for an older adult as separate responsibilities that occur in different seasons of life. However, across the nation, approximately 11 million “Sandwich Generation” caregivers simultaneously attend to the needs of their children and an aging loved one while balancing a career, household, and their own health. What happens when working adults must negotiate the demands of intergenerational care within their households? COVID-19 has only intensified the struggles associated with this unenviable position. Sandwich Generation caregivers may feel even more squeezed during the pandemic and unsure of how to manage their own survival.
The “Sandwiched” series offers the unique opportunity to address the specific challenges of your caregiving situation. Learn how to:
• Engage in self-care
• Help children cope with what’s happening in the world
• Help children understand the disease progression of a sick or disabled loved one
• Find support and solidarity in a new world of social distancing
Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton, MS will offer weekly tip videos designed to address the needs of parents and children at different developmental stages. Each week, she’ll also facilitate specialized support groups for parents who can join others and share their experiences.