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We Are Not Our Parents’ Parent

I often refer to my 89-year-old mother as the Energizer Bunny.  She’s always on the go and is good at recharging her reservoir of energy. While...

When Your Parent Refuses Caregiving Help

Providing caregiving for your parent is a profound life-altering shift of roles that requires balancing the right to self-determination with the...

As Baby Boomers Move Into Old Age, Who Will Care For Us?

My high school buddies and I recently got together and reminisced about old times. “Can you believe we’re 60?” we howled. “That used to seem...

The Cost Of Caregiving: Meet The Millennials Taking A Second (Unpaid) Shift

At the tender age of 14, Angelina, an earnest and soft-spoken middle schooler, began caring for her mother, who suffered from a debilitating bone...

Why I Adored My Father’s Mistress

She was voluptuous, kind and capable. She never quarreled or got upset. She could whip up a delicious five-course meal (with two meat dishes—a...

Survival for the Sandwich Generation: Navigating the hidden costs for working caregivers

It began years ago: my father wandered off from a family gathering and became disoriented. Things started to add up: missed appointments, mistakes...

No One Should Have to Choose Between Caregiving and Work

Years ago, I regularly saw a neurologist who was treating me for chronic headaches. On one particular appointment, my doctor deviated from his usual...

Huffington Post

Jody Gastfriend is the Vice President of Senior Care for Care.com. As a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience, Jody...