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Do not call aging parents every day

Do not call aging parents every day
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: My mother, 76, lives alone and wants me to call her every day.

I work in a high-pressure environment and then have to cook dinner for my husband and two children. My mother is healthy and independent, so I don't understand why I have to call her every single night. By the time we finish dinner, I'm in no mood to chitchat.

Answer: Telephone calls with aging parents serve various functions. In cases (not yours) where a parent is frail and/or has health problems, a daily call is "oversight" — to make sure she is ok.

How often a sandwich generationer speaks to a parent is completely individual. Aside from oversight, regular (not necessarily daily) calls show love and caring and share events of the day. For many sandwich generationers, calls provide peace of mind.

 

Assembly to hold hearing on Gov. Christie's proposed medical marijuana regulations

Assembly to hold hearing on Gov. Christie's proposed medical marijuana regulations

The Assembly Regulatory Oversight Committee will hold a hearing in Trenton on Monday on Gov. Chris Christie's proposed medical marijuana regulations.

A resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Reed Gusciora...

Baby Boomer retirees to be hit with much higher Medicare B payments

Baby Boomer retirees to be hit with much higher Medicare B payments
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Millions of baby boomers will be in for a rude awakening next year when they sign up for Medicare benefits and learn that they will be charged 25% more for Medicare ...

New Jersey health care professionals urged to get flu shots

New Jersey health care professionals urged to get flu shots

Last winter, 37 percent of health care workers received an H1N1 (Swine Flu) shot and 62 percent received a seasonal flu shot. Sixty-four percent received either an H1N1 shot or a seasonal flu shot. Th...

Do less rather than more for aging parents

Do less rather than more for aging parents
BY CAROL ABAYA
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
THE SANDWICH GENERATION

Question: My three children (10, 12 and 14) were always good, in school and at home. Since I've been running errands for my parents (70s), t...

End of daylight saving time is a great time for a sleep checkup

End of daylight saving time is a great time for a sleep checkup

Sleep disorders come in many forms and are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed because the telltale signs — excessive snoring and daytime drowsiness — can result from a multitude of factors, includin...

More New Jersey households eligible for lead paint removal aid

More New Jersey households eligible for lead paint removal aidMore New Jersey households will have the opportunity to abate lead paint found in their homes through changes in the state's Lead Hazard Control Assistance Program, state Community Affairs Commissione...

N.J. inspectors find no recalled Tylenol on store shelves

N.J. inspectors find no recalled Tylenol on store shelves

Johnson and Johnson announced voluntary recall on Monday

Investigators from the state Division of Consumer Affairs found no recalled Tylenol packages on store shelves during spot inspections conducted ...

Graco baby stroller recall prompted by strangling deaths

Graco baby stroller recall prompted by strangling deaths
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Graco Children's Products, Inc. of Atlanta, Ga. is recalling about 2 million baby strollers after receiving reports that four infants died in the strollers.

The Consumer...

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