“The Sandwich Generation”
You know that old trees just grow stronger, and old rivers grow wilder every day. Old people just grow lonesome, waiting for someone to say, “hello in there, hello…” – John Prine, singer-songwriter
Aging is a difficult and daunting prospect for all of us, but it’s also inevitable (yes, even in the age of Botox). But it is possible to age gracefully and to ease through the losses as they come. Don’t forget we’re all aging at EXACTLY the same rate, one day at a time.
For those of us in the sandwich generation, elder care and caring for aging parents while raising children of our own, it’s difficult to know how to be available for the elders in our lives. What do they need from us, and how can we muster the energy to help?
If we all face aging with creativity and hope, many of its challenges are no more difficult than any other struggle we face throughout life. Old trees do grow stronger. So can we.