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Caring for aging parents puts boomers in a bind

Caring for aging parents puts boomers in a bind

(ARA)- You're rushing out of the office on a weeknight, hoping to get your daughter to soccer practice on time, cook dinner and help your other child with their homework. Just as you hit the road, your cell phone rings. It's the pharmacy telling you that the two prescriptions your father needs immediately are ready for pick up. Or you're off to your son's school play just as your mom's neighbor calls to inform you that she has fallen again and needs you right away.
If these scenarios sound familiar, you're stuck in the middle and have joined the "sandwich generation." The term refers to adults with families of their own who find themselves caring for their parents as well. According to numbers from the National Family Caregiver Survey, 44 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 55 have aging parents or in-laws as well as children under 21.
This means that lots of families are dealing as best they can with the stress of running two households. Whether your parent lives with you, lives nearby or lives in another state, trying to juggle all these responsibilities is stressful, no matter how much support you have from family and friends.
There are companies out there that are here to help. Visiting Angels offers companionship, patient care and will also do light housekeeping, run errands, prepare meals or do shopping. For more information on the office nearest you, visit their Web site: www.visitingangels.com or call (800) 365-4189.

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