Did you know that there are both physical and mental health benefits to living in a multigenerational household? According to a 2014 study by Columbia University, people living with multiple generations under one roof had lower premature mortality than individuals or couples living on their own. That's good news for the many families opting to live with their aging parents. Of course, this presents its own unique challenges, but there are benefits that go beyond the obvious financial ones.
"There's that intergenerational connection, and the benefits go both ways, with generations learning from each other." -- Shannon Guzman, AARP's Public Policy Institute Senior Research Analyst
The Pew Research Center states that 64 million people lived in multigenerational households in 2016. That's 20 percent of the U.S. population. While that seems like a high number to me, it is encouraging news. Back in 1980, there were only 12 percent of families living with two or more adult generations under the same roof. The trend is moving upward mostly based on the increasing number of Hispanic and Asian families who traditionally live with their elders. However, the percentage is growing for other reasons as well. For the first time in more than 130 years, for example, adults ranging in age from 18 to 34 are more likely to live with their parents, as living on your own fresh out of high school or college is not as feasible as it once was.
We have clients in the Pittsburgh area who live with their adult children, either in their own homes or in their children's homes. We partner with the adult children in caring for their elderly parents, either on a regular basis or as needed. Respite care is available for times when family members have events to attend or even need a weekend away. In the same way parents needed babysitters for their children for occasional 'date nights', they now need caregivers to ensure the safety and well-being of their aging parents.
Hiring certified direct care workers from our Pittsburgh-based in-home care company ensures a relaxing time away, free from the burden of worrying. With all you do for your parents, you deserve this respite. Call Dignity and schedule a free, no obligation consultation today. 412-415-3168