GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It’s an issue millions of baby boomers face daily: how to have positive, meaningful conversations with their aging parents about life’s inevitable changes.

Many boomers are also members of the “Sandwich Generation”. They are adults who assume caregiving responsibilities for their parents even as they continue to care for their children.

The caregiving burden can be overwhelming. But, knowing how to anticipate and discuss the needs and wishes of aging parents can make life easier and more satisfying for all generations.

Today on KARE News at 11, Developmental Psychologist Dr. Marti Erickson, host of the weekly podcast “Mom Enough”, shared tips on the most effective ways to have essential conversations with aging parents.

  • Start early before problems arise
  • See through each other’s eyes
  • Listen and problem-solve together
  • Seek support and, if needed, professional help

The Minnesota Board on Aging is another excellent resource on the "Sandwich Generation" and aging-related topics.

Experts at the Senior LinkAge Line are on hand to answer your questions. The number to call is 1 (800) 333-2433.