Balancing Act: How MedicAlert Eases the burden of the Sandwich Generation
Much has been written about the ‘sandwich generation’, defined as those who are caring for both aging parents and their own children. Managing a myriad of challenges and responsibilities can be overwhelming, leading to stress and burnout. Those who find themselves in this situation are often pulled in multiple directions tending to the needs of parents and their children simultaneously.
“It’s tough for a caregiver especially for the sandwich generation, because you're looking at it with different hats”, says Stefanie Tan, Vice President, Research, Innovation & Programs for Medic Alert. “It's an aging parent, it's your children and having to juggle all of those things”.
When caring for aging parents, especially if they have any underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies or dementia, safety becomes a top concern. The anxiety and worry about these uncertainties highlights the importance of being prepared. “In the back of your mind are all of these scenarios, all these possibilities are looming. What is the safety net? That is where MedicAlert fits”, says Tan.
MedicAlert offers a lifeline for caregivers and their aging parents. In the event of a health emergency, first responders have access to crucial, potentially lifesaving information such as complex medical conditions, medications and contact information for children, especially they live in different cities. This is particularly important if a person is unable to verbalize or communicate this necessary information themselves.
Our Connect Protect First Responder Program is designed to bridge the gap in emergencies. First responders are trained to look for a MedicAlert ID at pulse points around the neck or wrist through our Look-Read-Call protocol. This streamlined process means quicker access to medical help and caregivers are notified, keeping everyone informed about the situation with the elderly parent.
“The dots are connected in terms of information; health information, emergency information, making sure that layer of safety and peace of mind is afforded to the sandwich generation,” adds Tan.
Conversations about health, safety and medical conditions can be challenging, especially with parents. However Tan emphasises the importance of putting this information into context. She believes explaining why a MedicAlert ID is crucial allows a parent to take ownership of their health and autonomy. “Once they make that decision on their own, then they are going to wear it.” This proactive approach empowers an aging parent to make informed choices about their well-being.
Being part of the sandwich generation is no easy task and MedicAlert can provide much needed support and peace of mind. It’s a safety net connecting first responders with essential health information when its needed most. Says Tan, “it’s like insurance, you never really want to use it, but it’s good to have when a crisis happens”.