Minneapolis Bound: May 2012

I am overwhelmed by your response and support of my blog launch one week ago, and I want to say a heartfelt — THANK YOU.

Now that the 10K is behind me, I look forward to writing about things like how eating less sugar, drinking more coffee and being conscientious can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

But first, I’m off to Minneapolis today to visit my parents for a week, and I hope to share from there if time allows.

My 78 year old father is having ankle surgery and I’m going to help care for him and my mom while he’s recovering.  My mom is still at home, and my dad is her sole caregiver.  It’s difficult being far away.  It never occurred to me when I left 25 years ago that my parents would need my help someday.  It just wasn’t on my radar.  Now it’s frustrating that I’m not able to help with the little things that would make their lives easier.

I’m part of what’s called the “sandwich generation”, which means I’m helping to take care of my aging parents while still supporting my children.

Wikipedia says,

“According to the Pew Research Center, just over 1 of every 8 Americans aged 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for a parent, in addition, between 7 to 10 million adults are caring for their aging parents from a long distance.”

I do what I can when I visit.  And as my parents age, it’s clear that I’ll be visiting more.

More later from the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Minneapolis Lake with skyline in the background
I'm hoping I can find some time to run around one of the lakes while I'm there. I have 3 Mpls. lakes on my Bucket List -- one is done, so two more to go.