With every passing day, the role of the family caregiver increases in importance. As our elder loved ones reach the point they are no longer able to care for themselves, adult children gradually assume more and more responsibility for their wellbeing.
More and more Boomers are finding themselves alone in the world. Whether through choice or adverse circumstances, they find themselves in the same boat—and that boat is: who will look after them when they can no longer look after themselves?
When looking at assisted living communities, are Boomers thinking to themselves, “Gee, Mom and Dad are going to love it here. It has all the amenities they could ask for. But there’s no way in h&%# I’m ever going to live here!”
The next time you think, “I remember my Dad saying that,” don’t be surprised. As difficult as it is to believe now, one day your kids will be saying the very same thing. It happens to all of us at some point. It isn’t good, it isn’t bad, it’s just life!
Remember Jack Nicholson's line from A Few Good Men? “You can’t handle the truth!” Those words describe Boomers to a T. By 2023, one in five Americans will be over age 65, but few Boomers are facing the reality of their declining number of years on Earth.
USA Today recently ran a series of articles that showed some of the other generations are beginning to wonder if those darn Boomers will ever leave the building. One interviewee was quoted, “Boomers have certainly sucked up a lot of cultural oxygen.”
Cool older people are already here, making an impact on our society and culture. But what's after “cool?” Actually, something even more desirable for those ever-growing-older Boomers: the mantle of wisdom.
In the late 60s and early 70s, Boomers set out to change the world, and the world was changed forever. As one, they protested, marched and spoke out for whatever they passionately believed was right. Then something happened.
Having family meetings to plan elder care gives families a chance to communicate issues and concerns on a regular basis, to make educated and appropriate choices—and to bond and develop relationships at a new level.
With a 19 year difference between the first and the last Boomer, there are some who feel a bit disconnected. We all have a tendency to think that the 19 year span isn’t much, but it can be a lifetime when it comes to lifestyle.