Family dynamics

Caring for a senior loved one: How to encourage family participation

Being the primary caregiver comes with its fair share of challenges — not least of which can be knowing when and how to fill other family members in on what’s happening with your loved one, and asking for help when necessary.  “Family members’ involvement helps shoulder the mental and... more

9 ways sandwich-generation caregivers can manage stress

The "sandwich generation" is made up of people who are simultaneously taking care of their children and helping their aging parents. Predictably, this causes a lot of stress. At times, it can feel impossible to manage everything. You're only one person, after all! "I don't think I handle... more

10 things grandchildren can learn from their grandparents

The relationship between a grandchild and grandparent is a very special one. While grandparents provide unconditional love and often act as an authority figure, they also get to spoil their grandkids in a way parents simply can't. But beyond that, grandparents also wield incredible influence. Here are 10 things grandchildren... more

9 things to consider before moving mom or dad in with you

In 2016, I found myself clearing out the living room of the little apartment my husband and I shared (with our two dogs) in order to make room for a futon and a nightstand. This would be where my 68-year-old mother, who had just awoken from a coma, would reside... more

How to manage holiday stress as a family caregiver

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Traveling, visiting family and friends, decorating, indulging in traditions — it truly is the season for spending time with loved ones and making memories. But for family caregivers, that may not always be the case. Taking care of... more

Home for the holidays: Tips for evaluating your parents' well-being

Over Thanksgiving, Eliza Kendall visited her parents at her childhood home in Darien, Connecticut. They had both lost weight since she last saw them, her mother most noticeably. And when Kendall looked inside their oven, she found an uneaten pizza. "Reality hits you right in the face when you go... more

How to balance senior care and your job

“I should just quit,” I thought to myself. I was exhausted. I had woken up at 5 a.m. that day. I answered some work emails, saw the kids off to school, wrote a freelance article and then drove an hour to take my mother to a routine checkup... more

How to juggle parent and kid care in the summer months

Navigating life in the sandwich generation is tough enough during the cooler fall, winter and spring seasons, but the challenge becomes even greater during summer. That’s because for many people who are balancing child-rearing and eldercare, the months between September and May provide somewhat of a built-in safety net: school... more