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The sandwich generation is the generation when women become adults and are taking care of their children and their parents as well. The resource I found explains how there are an increasing amount of women who are balancing work as well as caring for their parents and children (Evans, Millsteed, Richmond, Falkmer, Falkmer, & Girdler, 2016). The strategies these women used to balance being a mother, a worker, and a caregiver are things such as choosing to live with integrity, to do their best always, to love what they do and do what they love and finally remembering why they are doing it (Evans et al, 2016). According to Schumacher et al (2012), it is important for women in the sandwich generation to also take time for leisure as being the mail caretaker, mother, and worker can be stressful and lead to health problems. Leisure is another intervention to help and as a developing professional that would be my first instruction, to take time for yourself. The other advice I would give would be for them to remember the reason they are doing what they do and to keep in mind the success of it at the end of the day.
According to Berk, L.E. (2014) one fourth of U.S children provide unpaid care to a disabled or ill aging parent. This is because birthrates have declined, and the structure of a family has become more top heavy, Berk, L.E. (2014). When it comes to the term sandwich generation this entails, adults who are middle age care multiple generations, their kids and aging parents at the same time. It is rarer that middle aged parents to have several children under the age of 18 but it does happen. Itâ€™s more so young adult children and grandchildren this is integrated with work and community responsibility which at this point the â€œsandwich generationâ€ may feel the pressures between the younger and older generations, Berk, L.E. (2014).About 23% of middle aged adults share a home with their ill parents which at this point causes the most stress, Berk, L.E. (2014). Care giving for a parent tends to come with physical, emotional and financial consequences. This type of stress can cause high rates of depression, job absentee, inability to stay concentrated, and exhaustion. Some good resources could be having social support which tends to be highly effective of reducing a caregiverâ€™s stress. Also, having positive work experiences can reduce stress as well this is because a favorable self-evaluation can help bring a positive and happy mood home, Berk, L.E. (2014). Asking their young adult children to help with smaller tasks. In Japan, Denmark and Sweden a government sponsored care giver system to help with the needs of the older adults. The U.S also has in home caregivers, but they can be costly, Berk, L.E. (2014). Depending on the needs or disabilities of the older adult insurance may help with some of the cost for a caregiver. I would recommend finding a support group who are specifically meeting about the stresses and obstacles of taking care of an aging parent. Within that support group they could receive good ideas, resources and just a place to talk. If they are financially sound I would also recommend either having their parent(s) live in an assisted living community or pay for an in-home care giver. Being able to sit a talk with other individuals who can relate to your situation can be very beneficial.
- Describe two of the physical and mental changes that take place during middle adulthood.
Two physical changes that take place are vision and hearing. With vision an individual begins to struggle seeing fine print as well as losing the ability to see clear in dim light (Berk, 2018). With hearing there is a loss of the ability to hear due to the natural cell death or the blood supply reducing due to atherosclerosis (Berk, 2018).
- Discuss behaviors that can promote and support health and well-being in middle adulthood.
Some behaviors that can promote and support health are things such as regular exercise, focusing on the things that you can control, mastering relaxation techniques, and seeking support (Berk, 2018).
- Recommend types of activities to promote cognitive strength.
When an individual goes though life adversities it actually strengthens them to be able to manage stress in life which promotes cognitive streneth (Berk, 2012).
- Discuss how maintaining social connections and activities can lessen the impact of midlife changes.
Maintaining social connections and activities helps support the different aspects of psychological well being (Berk, 2018).
When it comes to middle adulthood physical changes are just a continuation of your early adulthood. Noticeable changes start to occur in middle adulthood for instance your near vision will start to decrease Berk, L.E. (2018) and you may find yourself stretching you book or newspaper a little further away as well as starting to wear â€œcheatersâ€ to help read with more ease. One will also notice hearing loss, about 14% of Americans spanning from the age of 45-64 will experience hearing loss, Berk, L.E. (2018) although some hearing conditions are genetic base most will suffer from presbycusis in other words old hearing, Berk, L.E. (2018).
When it comes to mental changes would be cognitive slowing which entails a greater loss of information as it moves through the cognitive system, and one not being able to flexibly shift their attention become a bit more challenging, Berk, L.E. (2018). But research has shown that todayâ€™s middle-aged adults (baby boomers) out performed in education, environmental stimuli, technology and health care as the same age individuals who were born a decade or two before them, Berk, L.E. (2018).
One can use stress management to help cope with negative consequences of psychological stress, immune, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems, Berk, L.E. (2018). Exercising on a daily basis for instance, some work place programs may offer rewards for meeting the exercise goal, walking in parks or going for bike rides, as well as recreation centers or gyms, Berk, L.E. (2018).
Itâ€™s important for a middle-aged person to have social connections, whether itâ€™s through social media which has risen dramatically since last surveyed in 2015, Berk, L.E. (2018). For men friendships are less intimate and they tend to talk about politics, business and sports on the other hand for women they mostly discuss feelings, and life challenges, Berk, L.E. (2018). Having friendships and family relationships serves different purposes to lessening the impact of mid life challenges, for instance family relationships offers security, and protects against losses and threats. Friendships serves the purpose of satisfaction and pleasure, Berk, L.E. (2018). Knowing that one has these social relationships can bring more satisfaction to life when midlife stressors do occur.