Elderly alert system can help the sandwich generation

Jasmine Phu

January 4, 2011

While Audrey Keller's parents are both in overall good health and live in their own home, they also have cases of macular generation, which means they can no longer drive and depend on Keller and her siblings for their transportation needs, according to The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Keller is also working full-time and has a 12-year-old daughter. She barely has time to keep up with it all and she's not alone – millions of Americans are part of the sandwich generation, which consists of individuals who have to take care of elderly parents and their own children.

"It's an awful lot to handle," Virna Little, with the Institute for Family Health, told the news source. "It's relentless to care for an elderly parent, and it's an emotional and financial burden on the family when you're also working and caring for your own family.

Stressed individuals who are looking for a way to ensure the safety of parents living alone may want to invest in an elderly alert system. This device allows older adults to send an instant, medical alert to family members or doctors, so that caregivers can have some peace of mind while engaging in other activities.