By NICOLE VILLALPANDO; RAISING AUSTIN, Austin American Statesman
Family caregivers can find help at AGE, Family Eldercare.
It’s a simple word, but a hard one to embrace when you’re stretched thin as a parent who is caring for both your children and your parents or in-laws.
It’s a word that has been essential to Kimberly McKneely, who has an 81-year-old mother-in-law with some memory loss living with her. She also has a 12-year-old daughter and two sons with special needs who are 18 and 19.
“It’s really hard,” she says.
“Everybody wants your time; everybody wants your attention.”
McKneely is part of what some have called the “sandwich generation” — those who are caring for family members a generation younger and a generation older than them. University of Texas professor Karen Fingerman actually found that not as many people are now in the “sandwich generation” — caregivers to both minor children and parents.
Instead, more people are in the “pivot generation,” supporting their parents as well as their adult children, who may or may not be still living at home. This change from sandwich to pivot is happening for two reasons: Parents are living longer and the age when they can no longer care for themselves is older, and adult children are delaying leaving the nest. Continue reading