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The New Sandwich Generation

18 Mar

I know of a woman who lived in a nursing home here in Toronto. This woman was 106 and had dementia. Her adult daughter come to feed her mother lunch and dinner every day for almost 20 years. One day, the visits stopped and the daughter was never seen at the home again. She was simply too tired to continue her daily routine.  The daughter was 88.

The label “sandwich generation” may be relatively new, but the concept of families caring for young children and aging parents at the same time has been around for centuries. What sets this sandwich generation apart is it is  the first generation in which a large majority of women work full-time outside the home. This is significant because women are far more likely than men to assume care giving responsibilities. Also noteworthy is our parents have a much higher life expectancy than their parents. And with advanced age comes the likelihood of more complicated health issues.

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Getting My Mother to the Doctor

6 Mar
My mother as I never knew her, as a confident working woman.

My mother was once a confident working woman.

My mother used to live for doctors’ appointments. And visits with specialists were always a high point for her. She never forgot an upcoming doctor’s appointment, until now.

Mom’s memory is failing and she had forgotten about her appointment with a nephrologist at a major hospital.  This is the reason for the dozen calls I took while with my son at the paedeatrician’s office. It’s important that she be there because her kidneys have been getting weaker. To complicate matters, she also misplaced the requisition form for the absolutely necessary blood tests that should have been completed two weeks prior.  To ensure she keeps the appointment made three months earlier, I arranged for new forms to be faxed to the nursing station at the home so she could have blood drawn at a nearby lab.

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