Our struggling economy and an aging population have pushed aging families to join forces across generations. A recent AARP study shows the number of multi-generational households has jumped from 6.2 million to 7.1 million in the last two years — a faster growth rate that the previous eight years combined.
Before moving a parent into an intergenerational family situation, both a parent and adult child should consider having a geriatric care manager assess the older person with a psychosocial assessment. The GCM can use the psychosocial assessment to assess depression, anxiety both of which may be result from such a move after the elder given up their own space, their home.
An elder’s home reflects their history their own individuality, their privacy, and all their memories. The GCM can create interventions that the adult child can carry out to help with these mental health issues. There is also the issues of loss as the aging parent may after giving up their home, privacy and history encased in their furniture pictures and the sense of home they have given up.
The aging parent can bring furniture and photos into that reflect their old home home, but the deep feeling of loss, expressed in perhaps unanticipated anxiety and depression needs attention. I would certainly be consulting their primary physician but perhaps, new activates with the family, outside social engagement, quality of like interventions like continuing to go to baseball games, a knitting group, play bridge, attend yoga or travel, as examples.
Blending families does not always go smoothly and his best approached with caution and professional help before all makes a decision to co habit