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Just when the late middle aged working folks are ready to retire and be released from heavy family responsibilities, they often find themselves caring for their elderly, impaired parents at the same time their adult children are returning home for economic or other reasons, often brining the grandchildren along. Members of the sandwich generation often find that at various periods throughout their lifetimes, they are caring for children, grandchildren, spouses, siblings, parents, and grandparents. Sometimes, they care for, or are cared for by, friends of their own or a different generation.
There are many issues that face the sandwich generation and serial caregivers. Libraries must plan to serve their needs. These services do not require major funding rather awareness, an allocation resources, and a networking effort.
This guide provides librarians with resources to assist multigenerational caregivers. Suggestions on library activities and projects that can be provided to older adults are included. Graphs and tables that profile demographics specifically race; age, and geography are contained. The list of professional organizations, web sites, and other materials are handy. The inclusion of resources on home modification is extremely useful.
This fourth addition to the Changing Horizons series is an excellent resource for libraries, caregivers, and community groups that provide services to seniors.