Talking About Extended Families
Because people are living longer today than ever before, first generation parents, adult children and grandchildren are able to enjoy their relationship for an unprecedented number of years. For example, in earlier times, most grandparents died before or shortly after their grandchildren were born, and it was unusual to have more than one grandparent alive when a grandchild was an adolescent. However, today 97 percent of 20-year-old grandchildren have at least one grandparent alive. In these circumstances, it is also more likely that at some point an older family members will require assistance and younger family members will have face the opportunity and challenge of caregiving.
Dr. Kathleen Piercy and Dr. Jeremy Yorgason provided helpful advice on caregiving and other topics facing extended families. The additional materials should be helpful in your efforts to support your extended kin.