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Multigenerational households

  • Season: Season 1
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  • Featuring: Sean Collins, Crystal Walsh, Jennifer Liddell, & Kelby Johnson

One in five Americans lives in a household with two or more adult generations under the same roof — that's more than 64 million people. And a growing number of these households are headed by a member of the "sandwich generation" — adult children who are caring for their parents and their own children at the same time. On today's program: the benefits, challenges, and practical considerations of inviting parents to live with you. Successfully turning the tables on caretaking benefits from the clear communication of needs and expectations.

Episode Notes

  • Kelby Johnson,  Content Strategy Director for Providence in Seattle, is making plans to have his mom move in with him and his two school-aged children in the spring.
  • Crystal Walsh, LCSW, Manager of Supportive Services for TrinityCare Hospice in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., cared for her own mom for many years and helps families negotiate some of the boundary issues multigenerational-living brings up.
  • Jennifer Liddell welcomed her mom into her home in South Bend, Ind., to live with her, her husband, and her kids. She recommends having conversations about expectations early on.