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Monday, July 20, 2009

Crisis in long-term health: Boomers caring for elderly parents ...

        Crisis in long-term health: Boomers caring for elderly parents ...
By Donna J. Jodhan
There is a very real and acute problem developing in our health system and we need to address it today rather than tomorrow.  The problem or concern as I should be calling it is this:  How do we protect the health of those many aging boomers who are taking care of their parents?  The boomer generation or the sandwich generation as they are often referred to, has been forced to get involved with taking care of their elderly parents and in addition, they are also being asked to take care of their own kids all at the same time.
What is going to happen to this generation?  For how long will they be able to keep up with multi tasking?  Will the system be able to provide for them and take care of their own needs?  Will the system be able to provide the boomer generation with ample mental and physical care?  What would happen if the boomer generation does not get the support that they need in order to continue multi tasking?  And, if they are unable to do this then how are tomorrow's kids going to survive?  A very scary situation if I may venture to say so and one that can quickly turn into a great explosion and could also easily assume tsunami proportions.
In addition to health matters, the sandwich generation is also being weighed down with taking care of financial matters on behalf of both their parents and their kids.  There are so many issues for this particular generation to focus on and all at the same time.  How much can they really cope with before starting to crack?
It is hoped that governments around the world are closely monitoring this situation and that they are making concrete plans to step up to the plate and show leadership.  The private sector may not be able to shoulder this on their own.  This has to be a joint effort by all stakeholders.  I am going to leave you with a reference to check out.  One that nicely supports my concerns.
        Crisis in long-term health: Boomers caring for elderly parents ...
        By Pioneer Press
        "We have to figure out how to take care of the people who are taking care of our seniors," O'Connor said. "If their health deteriorates, then who is going to be able to take care of their loved ones?" ... Professional services may grow in short supply when the aging boomers flood the market. Families spread across the country will need to talk clearly about the care needs of loved ones. Maggie and her brother are co-trustees of their mother's estate. ...
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