August EFAP News: Caught in the middle?
THE NEW SANDWICH GENERATION
According to a Pew Research Center study, 1 out of every 8 Americans, age 40-60, is raising a child and caring for a parent. Sandwiched between two generations, these family jugglers are at greater risk for stress, depression and other health problems.
Discovering ways to balance multiple family care responsibilities can help ease the burden emotionally, physically, and financially.
LifeScope can help with:
- Referrals for child care, special needs, educational programs, etc.
- Information and referrals for respite care
- Articles on boomerang kids and parent/child communication
- Stress management tools
- Financial consultation around family budgeting, retirement planning, college funding, financial aid, Medicare, etc.
24/7 access to confidential counseling support
FREE WEBINAR: STRATEGIES FOR MULTIGENERATIONAL CAREGIVING
Tues, Aug 18th at 12pm ET/9am PT & 2pm ET/11am PT
Join this free webinar to learn coping mechanisms that can help restore work-life balance and support resilience as you juggle personal, professional and family responsibilities. To register, log on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password. In the middle of the homepage, click on ‘Online Seminars’ then “Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving” to sign up. If you are unable to attend, look for the archived webinar under Online Seminars, approximately 7-10 days after the live presentation.
EASE THE SQUEEZE
August Tips for Taking Action
You may also be interested in viewing the following tip sheets, which can be found by logging on to www.LifeScopeEAP.com with your institution username and password, and clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.
“Affirmations for Parents”- When caregiving demands pull us in multiple directions, it’s important not to lose sight of how we wish to behave, or the relationships we wish to cultivate with our children. Affirmations can help us stay in touch with our parenting values and feelings. This article offers suggestions for affirmations and guidelines for how to use them effectively.
“Respite Care Fact Sheet”- Respite care encompasses a wide variety of services including home-based care as well as adult day care and institutional care. All afford caregivers respite or time off to take care of their other responsibilities. Read this article to learn more about different types of respite care and how to assess programs/providers for quality.
“Sandwich Generation: Caregivers in the Middle”- While the sandwich generation typically refers to those caring for aging parents and children at home, many are finding themselves providing support to their adult children and grandchildren as well. This article offers tips for how to set boundaries, communicate needs, practice self-care and tap into available resources to help ease the squeeze.
The August Calendar, Poster/Webinar Promo, and Spanish Language Poster can also be accessed on the member website by clicking on the ‘Monthly Communications’ button on the top left corner of the homepage.
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