The Parental Squeeze
by Sandy Heerkens
After retirement, I went back to work part-time for a few years. But then, my parents' health demanded my attention. So I am now part of the squeeze generation.
Just when I wanted to travel, spend my winters basking in the sun of Florida with my husband and I enjoying a glass of wine, and pursuing my many unfulfilled passions; I find myself in the position of being caregiver.
I am the only sibling who lives in the same location as my parents - thus, I am their primary focal point for care, domestic activities, doctor appointments and all that comes with my mom and dad being 87 and 90 years old respectively.
My parents deserve my attention but I also know the "clock is ticking" on my bucket list. So for now, I treasure the time I have with them and hope that their final days are as enjoyable as can be possible. But I continue to search for ways to give myself space and enjoy my time with my husband and children.
It is not an easy balance at all and gives me a whole new respect for those people who have dealt with this concern for many more years than I have.