Baby boomers face a growing reality: the need to care for both children as well as aging parents. A recent survey for 128 CEOs around the country showed that 48.8% have been or are currently a primary caregiver for an aging parent. Such activities can have a moderate to severe impact on the ability to run personal and professional lives. Some tips:
Stop trying to do it all by yourself.
Identify all resources in your area and use them.
Develop a support network of people who know the situation and can help.
Consider joining a caregiver support group. The nonprofit Children of Aging Parents (CAPS) maintains a list of various support meetings throughout the country. Call 800-227-7294
Schedule regular time off to rest and recuperate.
Differentiate between realistic and unrealistic demands. Know what you can do and let the rest go.
Say thank you for the gift of life your parents gave you. Now it is our turn.