Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Jones family hadn’t seen the cumulative effect aging is having on Grandma Carolyn. The Zoom get-together shook them up. Everyone is now acknowledging that a conversation is needed, except the caregiver Jodi. Caregivers often don’t seek help until they become overwhelmed.
Jackson, as promised, brings up the topic with his wife. They sit down at the kitchen table to discuss if they should involve their entire family in the long-term care planning process.
“I know the kids want to help,” Jodi explains, “but I can handle it.”
“Jodi, I understand you want to shelter them, but they are family. They want to help. I’m not sure excluding them is the best course of action. I was reading about this in the news the other day. We’re typical of the sandwich generation, caring for three generations at the same time—your parents, ourselves, and our children. You know how financially savvy Nicole is. Well, she sent me an article about the impact all of this could have on our retirement. It wasn’t pretty, and she hesitated to send it to you.”
“Why?” Jodi looks inquisitively at her husband.
“She doesn’t want to upset you. She doesn’t want you to think she’s meddling,” Jackson responds, placing his hand on his wife’s arm. “Jodi, this is impacting everyone. Not saying anything to our children just makes them worry even more.”
“OK,” Jodi stiffens while trying not to sound defensive. “Please show me what she sent.”
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