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Changing Families, Changing Conversations

By Lola Munis, BSN, RN

The times they are a-changin’ – and so is the American family. A striking shift is the number of adults caught in the sandwich generation, providing care of some sort to a generation older and a generation younger than they are.

Frankly, the numbers are staggering.

Shifting roles call for conversations between children and parents that previously might have been considered inappropriate or unnecessary.

To ensure productive conversations, we offer our top four tips:

Example of Questions

These are just a sample of conversation starters.  You never want to look back with 20/20 vision and say, “I wish we had talked about….”


If you have questions, or would like more information on the types of services that are available to keep your loved one safe in their very own home, contact Lois Munis of Home Helpers & Direct Link of Wilmington.  She can be reached at 302-746-7844, email her at lolamunis@bchomehealthcare.com, or visit www.HomeHelpersHomeCare.com/Wilmington.


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“ One of every two adults is, in some way, caring for and supporting both their kids and aging parents.”

“50% of people age 65 and older have difficulty performing one or more of several instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., cooking, driving, housekeeping, money management, and shopping). For people age 75 and older it’s 75%.”