When your elderly parents live with you

Grandma and mom

As the boomer bulge works its way through the decade, some of the sandwich generation and their parents are living together. The two main reasons for this decision are either choice or necessity. Some families look forward to the new reality and others are somewhat apprehensive. These curated video-stories of two families who have done so will give you insight into what this living arrangement is like.

Video 1

A sandwich generation mom talks about her typical day caring for her elderly mother in this video from BND.com

Elderly “sandwich generation” parents living with their children.

The playback will jump to the “sandwich mom” telling her story at 0:41 minutes. If you wish to hear her elderly’s mother story, simply rewind the video to start from the beginning.

Questions:
How does this mom manage to get out one or two nights per week for a break despite caring for her elderly mother?
What strategies does she use to keep her mom engaged?



Video 2

This is an interview with Tessa Cunningham of the UK, who shares her story of moving her 95-year-old father to live with her.

Moving In Your Elderly Parents | This Morning (ITV)

Questions:

  1. What was the “trigger” that brought about them together?
  2. What changes did this “sandwich mom” have to make to make this work?
  3. How did shared living arrangement help both of them?
  4. What help did they have?
  5. What was the extra benefit for the family in living together?

How about your story?


*You may notice some Canadian spelling in these posts. The words may look odd but that’s how we spell them. We’re used to it.

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Author:
Unless otherwise credited, all posts are happily authored with a quill pen …
Paul Ferri, Broker, ASA (Accredited Senior Agent)
RE/MAX Unique Inc. Brokerage*, Toronto, Canada
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