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BLOG # 58
AGING BABY BOOMERS NEED HELP WITH RE-FILLED EMPTY NESTS
Many Baby Boomers are re-filling empty nests with our elderly parents. The length of their stay in our homes depends mostly on their health status. Do parents need minimal attention or specialized medical treatments? Who will help with the emotional, physical, and financial costs?
Empty-nester single boomers who are primary caregivers to ailing parents need lots of help. We cannot passively wait for it to be offered. Instead, we must actively seek support, well before collapsing from the burden of providing daily care.
Empty-Nester married boomers also need assistance but face an added dilemma. We must negotiate how to care for and give attention to elderly parents, without neglecting spouses.
Boomers who are not yet empty-nesters need help, too. The emotional, physical, and financial demands are multiplied when we take care of our parents, while children still live at home. Not only do households get crowded, but our time, attention, and money have to be divided among additional family members.
Even if it seems impossible, Baby Boomer caregivers are required to allocate 'me-time' to alleviate at least a bit of the overwhelming stress and exhaustion. It is a mandatory requirement for all caregivers.
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