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Join the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current on December 5th, 2017 at Midpointe Event Center for another Policy and a Pint®, sponsored by Target and the Bush Foundation.
This time, we discuss The Caregiving Sandwich: Caring for older adults and children in Minnesota.
According to the Population Reference Bureau, the number of people 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to over 98 million by 2060. Life expectancy has increased, so not only will there be more of us, but we’re living longer, resulting in a large population in need for more caregivers. In Minnesota, the height of the age boom will take place at the same time that the growth in the labor force—a key ingredient for economic growth—drops to almost zero. This unprecedented demographic shift will have an impact on all levels of public policy, from Social Security and Medicare to employment productivity and scholastic achievement.
Caring for an aging parent is an immense challenge, and one of the most profound tasks we can take on in our lives. The same can be said about raising children. Family members, predominantly female family members, have provided the majority of care to aging loved ones. Today, there is a generation of middle-aged adults known as the “sandwich generation” who are balancing the demands of child rearing while providing care to their aging parents. These caregivers can experience great stress, financial burden and burnout. That said, studies also show that having both children and aging parents in the house can foster closer family bonds between the generations.
At our next Policy and a Pint, our host Steve Seel will engage a guest panel and a live audience on the topic of intergenerational caregiving. What are some of the opportunities for and struggles of a sandwich generation caregiver? How are employers responding to employee needs while maximizing productivity? Every caregiving situation and relationship is different, so how can Minnesota prepare for this shift?
Complimentary appetizers provided. Cash bar.
Doors open at 5:30pm | Program begins at 6pm
Policy and a Pint is sponsored by Target & The Bush Foundation.