“Sandwich Generation” is a term that refers to people in their 30s or 40s who find themselves caring not only for their young children, but also their aging parents.
I fell into the sandwich by default—I am the only child of divorced parents, and was the only family member within 2600 miles of my father when his life fell apart. But the moment he moved in with us—into my home office—I learned quickly that the sandwich (and the struggle) was real.
It’s not an exaggeration when I say that I wouldn’t have survived those sandwich years with my body, mind, and soul intact had it not been for my guest on this week’s podcast: Ms. Peggy Flynn. Peggy is a writer, caregiver, spiritual director and geriatric care consultant. She brings her 40 years of caregiving and end-of-life experience with 300+ people to what some call the third-third of life or, more poetically, the evening of life. She’s also hilarious, irreverent, and dead honest—exactly the kind of person you need in your corner, mid-sandwich.