Daily, I hear of challenges faced by the middle generation to balance parenting their children, being advocates for their parents’ changing needs and facing the reality of end of life care. My name is Katherine Silver. I am a Pastor’s Wife, Mother, Nurse, retired midwife and hold a graduate degree in Aging Services and Management from USC (Fight On!). A passionate advocate for co-generational family care, I have applied the philosophy of attachment parenting, which I promoted as a midwife and mother, to family centered Eldercare. It is time we assess the strengths and contributions of each generation when determining how to best meet the needs of each.
I spent a decade dancing on a tightrope of competing needs. A “late life baby”, I found myself both raising teenagers and assisting fiercely independent 80 year old mother. High school activities were punctuated with parental medical visits and hospitalizations, teen-aged angst and unexpected “gerolescent” impulsive behaviors. Three generations felt the impact of a lack of planning and “crisis” reactivity, but we didn’t have the tools to anticipate the unexpected and have back up plans in place. I take that experience and wish to share it with you, fellow travelers.
Thank you for visiting my site. It is my fondest desire that you find support, hope and maybe a pearl or two of wisdom that is of use to you in your own journey with your aging family. Eldercare Advocate Training will begin in September 2016. Reserve your spot now!
Katherine Silver, RN, BSN, CCM, MASM