Workshop offers tools for adult children to help elderly parents stay in home

On Feb. 8, a workshop is being held to help adult children connect with local resources and information to support allowing elderly parents the ability stay in their own homes. The event, “Helping Senior Age at Home,‘ will be held at the Cadillac Senior Center, 601 Chestnut St., at 6:30 p.m.

CADILLAC — Are you a member of the "sandwich generation?"

Chances are if you are in your 30s, 40s or even your 50s you are. But what is it? The term is in reference to a generation of people, typically in their 30s or 40s, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.

On Feb. 8, a workshop is being held to help adult children connect with local resources and information to support the ability of elderly parents the ability stay in their own homes. The event, Helping Seniors Age at Home, will be held at the Cadillac Senior Center, 601 Chestnut St., at 6:30 p.m. 

The workshop was created by the Senior Networking Advocacy Group, which has more than 100 members. The group meets monthly to pool resources and knowledge to serve seniors in Wexford and Missaukee counties and was created in an effort to address the growing issues of the Sandwich Generation.

SNAG member and owner of Home Helpers Lucas Dent will be one of the two people leading the workshop. He said the purpose of the event is two-fold — education and providing a list of local resources.

"The idea is to educate (adult children with elderly parents) before they need to call us," Dent said. "Senior citizens never call. It is always the kids. They don't always understand Medicare or Medicaid or who will pay and how they get authorized. This event will help to educate people and give them a list of resources before the time comes where they need to help mom and dad." 

Considering there is an aging society where people are living longer and there is a finite amount of resources that are available, Dent said this workshop tries to bring them to the forefront. 

Dent said the hope is this workshop can be presented again in the near future at the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce's Lecture Lunch series. 

The workshop is free to attend but those who intend need to register prior to the Feb. 8 event by calling Diane Patterson at (231) 779-9420.