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The sandwich generation’s fear for their vulnerable parents

10th September 2019
Posted by Aston Avery

Life often throws unexpected responsibilities at us that must be handled with grace and empathy. For many Brits stretched between caring for children, and aging parents it is a battle between respecting their independence and providing careful attention, especially when a loved one may have onset signs of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

New research published today by CPR Global Technology reveals as many as three in five (57%) over 40s pick up the phone at least once a day just to check that their parents are okay. But almost a fifth feel intrusive for doing so, with one in six (16%) saying that their parents’ independence is the thing they most worry about.

There are a multitude of things to worry about when you have a vulnerable or aging loved one, with one of the main concerns being them having a fall and you not knowing – a worry shared by one in five UK adults (21%). Over a quarter confess they worry about their parents often and wish there was something they could do to ease their mind, perhaps this is where technology can lend a helping hand?

Aston spoke to Professor June Andrews OBE, to discuss this research, and the ways we can support our loved ones.