As last Sunday was National Grandparents Day, we thought we might reflect upon how, in our modern, busy lives, we can ensure that we get the very best out of our relationship with aging family members. For, as the wise old bird Eleanor Roosevelt once commented: “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”
As lifespans rise and people increasingly choose to bear children later in life, a new demographic phenomena has emerged. Baby boomers have become the “sandwich generation”, caring for both children and aging parents. For many, the dual burden can be overwhelming emotionally, logistically and financially. And the greater the distance between our homes and those of our elderly parents, the greater the strain.