New statistics seem to indicate people are waiting longer to get married & start a family, as evidenced by the growth of the so-called “Sandwich Generation” – those folks who still have kids at home but are caring for aging parents. There are currently about 65 million caregivers in America, & author Peter Rosenberger says most of them are trying to fix the situation.
My faith has helped me understand certain aspects of this journey. I’m not responsible to fix this. We try to recklessly hurl ourselves at this thing, if somehow we can just fix it or get through it and then we can get on with our lives. One of the things that dawns on us after a while is that this IS our life .. and it’s the life that God, for whatever reason, has laid before us. We stop trying to own it and we realize that we’re just stewards. We can just do the best we can, but if we keep trying to fix it we’re gonna just run ourselves into insanity.
November is National Caregiver Month, Rosenberger’s new book is trying to help you realize you’re not alone. It’s called Hope for the Caregiver.