What and who are the “Sandwich Generation” caregivers?


It is difficult to be a caregiver. Talking about caringgiving is difficult. And, according to Chrissy Metz, it’s a conversation nobody is having.

The This is UsStar opened up about caring for her aging mother and shared her experiences. Panel discussionAbout the realities of caringgiving. Metz was joined by her co-stars and television parents Mandy Moore and Jon Huertas, series Executive Producer KJ Steinberg, Caring Across Generations’ Executive Director,  Ai-jen Poo, and HFC co-founders Seth and Lauren Rogen to discuss Alzheimer’s and caregiving.

Metz confessed that she was already battling to hold back tears after answering just one question. Metz spoke out about the long-term consequences of a stroke for her mother. “It’s like you lost half of your mom,”She said. “Every day is something different. Every day you face a new challenge. Boy, has it been a journey.”

So why don’t we talk about care? “It’s very uncomfortable for everybody,” Metz said.

Metz claims that her role is in This is UsHer sisters have found it much easier to communicate with her.

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“Every single day is a different conversation with my sisters regarding my mom. You know even things that my sister didn’t want to tell me. She’s like, ‘Remember [on This Is Us] when Rebecca said ‘such and such?’ and I’m like, ‘She’s using the show! This is great,”She said.

“The show that I’m on is helping bridge the gap, this is amazing!”

What is The? ‘Sandwich Generation’?

Metz stresses the importance of talking about caringgiving, but also of talking To caregivers—more specifically, the sandwich generation.

“Through my character Kate on @nbcthisisus, I learned how incredibly difficult and isolating it is to be a sandwich generation caregiver—someone who raises children at the same time as caring for aging loved ones,”She wrote. She wrote that her television experience helped her see the unique challenges of caregiving and made her realize the importance to have conversations with caregivers.

“The series was a major step forward in giving visibility to the family caregiver experiences across the country, capturing the highs and lows, and offering a model for how to have tough but important conversations around adapting for illness and end-of-life care.”

#ThisIsUsFinalChapter may have come to a close, but the conversation around how we care for our families should not,”She said.

You can watch the entire panel discussion to learn how you can have these conversations. Visit the HFC Website.

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