Caregiving is one of the most difficult roles one can assume. And when someone is caring for both their young children in addition to their elderly loved ones, respect and gratitude need to be awarded to that super-human person.
Surprisingly, there are many Americans who fall in to the Sandwich Generation category, giving a new perspective to American household responsibilities. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2011, there were nearly 40 million caregivers in the nation—23% of which were caregivers who cared for at least one senior, while providing for at least one child under the age of 18.
July is Sandwich Generation Awareness month, so we’d like to pay tribute to all the hard-working, “sandwiched” caregivers who inspire us daily as they care for multiple generations. According to A Place for Mom, “Caring for an aging parent is an immense challenge, and one of the most profound tasks we can take on in our lives. The same can be said about raising children. But tackling both duties at once requires heroic fortitude and patience. And despite the tremendous difficulties faced by those with these simultaneous obligations, millions of Americans have assumed this admirable, but unenviable role. They are the Sandwich Generation—the large mass of Americans who are both raising children and helping to care for elderly parents.”
So for all you Sandwich-Generationals out there, we’d love to get your advice on what gets you through this tough job. Nourishing the caregiver mind, body and soul is crucial when it comes to caring for others, so please share your trinkets of wisdom and get the chance to win a gift card for free flowers, on us!
Enter for the chance to win a $50 Gift Card to 1-800-FLOWERS.com:
- Like our Facebook page.
- Write a message on your Facebook wall with a link to Caregivers.com, OR link to us from your blog and let us know you did so by posting on our Facebook wall.
- Comment below, on this post, sharing your best caregiver wisdom and tips by July 31st.
- Leave a way to reach you once you’ve accomplished each of these tasks by reaching out to us either on Twitter, Facebook or email.
- We’ll hold a random drawing and announce the winner on Facebook the first week of August.