It’s Sandwich Generation Month!
The month of July is almost over and I just found out it is Sandwich Generation Month. Who knew? Well, not me obviously. I really should get out more, but I can’t—I’m a caregiver.
One website I looked at had a list of sandwich recipes to honor the month. They looked pretty yummy in the photos. Another shared a video of a conference speaker (who is available, by the way, to speak at your next corporate event) on how to get “me” time if you’re a caregiver. I listened to the tips but frankly they didn’t seem workable or practical for me. They included staying involved socially and in community events, finding a trusted friend to whom you can vent, one who will not judge you. There were other suggestions but my porous brain couldn’t hold them. I know they are good suggestions but who has time for community events? I’ve found non-judgmental friends who keep your secrets sacred, are one-per-lifetime type friends. They aren’t always available to dump on.
AARP tells me I am not alone this month. Really?…because it feels like it. They say a large bill ($102.5 million) was introduced in Washington (DC) that will provide money for adult caregivers. I wonder what happened to it because the article was written in 2012? I haven’t seen any of the money. AARP sends me a lot of emails, and offers to sell me things and lobby on my behalf (how do they know what I want them to lobby for or against? They never asked me.) but honestly here in the trenches it still feels like I’m alone. So many of the online sites on caregiving are directly or indirectly sponsored by caregiving facilities, companies who sell products for seniors and insurance companies, it’s hard to know who really has your interests in mind and who is just really good at marketing. That’s not to say they don’t contain good information. Seniors are big business and will become even bigger in the next ten years. Even a law firm had a big article on this special month. They offered to preserve my senior’s dignity, protect them financially, and ensure their quality of life, billing in six-minute increments, I’m sure.
Well, I don’t represent any company, I’m not selling anything, I don’t represent a facility, or healthcare corporation. I don’t have fancy degrees with multiple letters at the end of my name. I’m just an ordinary caregiver who wants to wish you a happy Sandwich Generation Month. My only suggestions on how to celebrate would include chocolate (extra-dark for me, please) and some extra sleep. Feel free to celebrate however you choose. Keep it healthy, of course. And if you need someone to dump on, I’m here, virtually speaking. You don’t even have to use your real name to sign in. You may not even need your real email address. I’ve never tried it.