47

MomTalk.com April 22, 2018:   The women's magazine for moms about children, family, health, home, fashion, careers, marriage & more


MomTalk Most Popular Articles

Most Popular Articles



Sign Up for the MomTalk newsletter today!





Email Marketing by VerticalResponse




Instantly watch from thousands of TV episodes & movies streaming from Netflix. Try Netflix for FREE!



152403_Mar Coupon Code 125x125

Zazzle launches customizable Doodle Speakers

zulily: Daily deals for moms, babies and kids

126905_Shop Green Baby at Diapers.com + Free 2 Day Shipping on $49+

307728_Save Better - 125x125

Caring for an Elderly Parent and Young Children?

grandmother2a.jpg
You're Not Alone and There is Help
As more and more people live longer and wait longer to have children, it should come as no surprise that an estimated 44 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 55 have children under 21 and are caring for aging parents. Fortunately, as the sandwich generation's numbers have skyrocketed, so have the types of services that can support them.

grandmother2a.jpgBy Linda Erickson, Marketing & Communication Coordinator for Presbyterian Homes

You're Not Alone and There is Help
As more and more people live longer and wait longer to have children, it should come as no surprise that an estimated 44 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 55 have children under 21 and are caring for aging parents. Fortunately, as the sandwich generation's numbers have skyrocketed, so have the types of services that can support them. Just two decades ago, people with elderly parents usually had only three options: giving them support so they could live on their own, moving them in with family, or sending them to a nursing home.

Fast-forward to 2007…Today, senior housing is a full-fledged business that serves up a smorgasbord of options for older adults, creating settings where mature individuals thrive. Fueled in part by the Boomer generation, which tends to expect great choices and good value, senior housing is responding with a range of attractive, residential designs that feature details to accommodate changing needs. Spacious single family homes, townhomes and apartments offer independent living with a wide range of services available. Intermediate options include full apartment-style assisted living and specialized memory care programs for those with dementia. Nursing homes may offer residential suites with kitchenettes, often serving residents with short-term medical needs for post-hospital rehabilitation, specialty programs or respite care. Older adults today have more choices than ever and they take charge of their lives in a whole new way.

Maximizing Health, Wellness, and Community Life
With so many options, people are choosing to move to a senior community because they want to, not because they need to. These communities have broadened their aim to serve the whole person-physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Individuals enjoy continued growth and involvement through education, social, and service opportunities. Some communities house classroom sites for continuing education; others offer computer training and internet access-a popular pastime for residents. Swimming or therapy pools and fitness centers with qualified instructors help residents maximize health an enjoy life longer. Amenities such as convenience stores, chapels, theatres, media centers, and walking paths are other common attractions.

A Trusted Choice
When researching all the great options for your loved one(s), make sure to look at Presbyterian Homes & Services, which has embraced the changing needs of older adults for more than 50 years. Today, they own or manage 33 senior communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Those of all faiths and income levels choose from a full range of housing options: independent, assisted, memory care, skilled nursing and transitional care. Presbyterian Homes has grown and adapted to a changing marketplace, becoming the nation's 6th largest not-for-profit older adult housing provider. For more information on Presbyterian Homes & Services, go to www.preshomes.org or call (651) 631-6100.


Linda Erickson has 3 grown children, and 1 grandson and another on the way. Linda's parents live in a Presbyterian Homes Community.



Categories: Family,


New FeatureRelated Articles: Flu Vaccine: Unsure for Elderly, Right for Kids, Why Won't They Do that at Home?: The Problem-Solving Parent,