Eldercare

Senior coupleAre you one of the many State of Michigan employees who is a member of the “Sandwich Generation”? Employees who are caring for both their aging parents or relative and their own children are considered part of the “Sandwich Generation.” This can be both challenging and rewarding, and sometimes extra assistance is needed. Below is information and resources to assist you with the process of caring for aging loved ones and balancing your own needs.

Resources

  • Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan serves older Michiganders 60+ by providing assistance and access to services that will help them with chores, healthcare, taking care of their home, legal issues, Medicare questions, respite care, finding jobs, providing transportation, and Meals on Wheels. Every county in Michigan has an Area Agency on Aging office.
  • MDHHS Aging and Adult Services Agency mission is to provide statewide leadership, direction, and resources to support Michigan's aging, adult services, and disability networks, with the aim of helping residents live with dignity and purpose.
  • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a membership organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. It offers a variety of helpful articles, benefits and connection tools for senior adults.  
  • The Medicare website provides information on Medicare billing, long-term care, finding a doctor, staying healthy, details on what Medicare covers, and comparing home health agencies and nursing homes where you live.
  • The National Alliance for Caregiving offers a variety of materials to support family caregivers, ranging from booklets and tip sheets to webcasts and conference materials.
  • Caregiver Life Balance: Five Tips for Sandwiched Caregivers