WELCOME TO BABY BOOMER MEMOS
AGING BABY BOOMERS RE-FILL EMPTY NESTS WITH OUR ELDERLY PARENTS
Many Baby Boomers barely have time to adapt to adult children leaving home before recently-emptied nests are once again filled ... with elderly parents.
Are boomers receptive to these new housemates?
On one end of the spectrum are boomers who welcome parents into our homes, with goodwill. On the other end are boomers who do so out of obligation, with resentment.
Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, albeit with frequent mood swings and conflicting emotions. For example, one minute boomers have feelings of gratitude that parents are still alive and the next minute we are overcome with pangs of simmering animosity for past wrongdoings.
Despite fluctuating mindsets, parents' health status and their resultant needs largely dictate our lifestyles. Frankly, boomers can expect caring for elderly parents to become more and more emotionally demanding and physically exhausting. Plus, the
financial expenditures of caregiving can be daunting, especially if we give up jobs and devote full-time to this role.
Baby Boomer (and other) caregivers deserve heaps of respect, appreciation, and admiration.
Boomers Need Help With Re-Filled Empty Nests ...