2004 – Case Managing the Sandwich Generation- Finding Their Balance (or helping them find their balance)
Being a caregiver can be a very rewarding, but it can also take a toll on the family adding a lot of stressors and responsibilities to the both the caregiver and the family. In 2009, the elderly population (age 65 and above) numbered 39.6 million. It is predicated by 2030, the elderly population will be over 72.1 million. With the aging Baby Boomer generation and the increasing life expectancy, millions of Americans are now becoming dual caregivers, caught in between caring for their children and to their aging parents. This can add a tremendous amount of stress not only emotionally, but also physically and financially. This generation of caregivers is known as the Sandwich Generation.
It can be challenging as a Case Manager working with families who are caregivers to one individual. But, it is even more challenging when you are now working with families who are having become caregivers to a multi-generational family. This presentation will look at the dynamics of the sandwich generation, from the definition, challenges, options, resources, and the rewards of being a Sandwich Case Manager.
1. Define the demographics and challenges of the Sandwich Generation.
2. Summarize the importance of prioritizing the responsibilities and tasks of the sandwich generation caregiver.
3. Describe the importance of knowing the caregiver limitations and being able to take care of them shelves.