As Published in the Whitefish Bay Leaves Publication, September 2021
Do You Ever Feel Like a Club Sandwich?
By Luci Klebar, Saint John’s On The Lake
THE SANDWICH GENERATION depicts the layers of responsibility for those we love … our children, grandchildren, aging parents and we are squeezed in the middle with our careers. Searching for the ever elusive balance between work, caregiving and home life – the extra layers – can be stressful.
And, to add to that, you may be noticing changes in mom or dad. A lack of enthusiasm for hobbies or interests that they used to enjoy – or can’t enjoy because of COVID created barriers. According to a 2021 report from the CDC, loneliness and social isolation are linked to serious health conditions. These conditions can include, but are not limited to heart disease, stroke and even premature death. AARP research in 2020 identifies socialization as the number one activity for older adults to maintain or even improve their overall wellness-even more so than maintaining physical fitness.