Many of us Baby Boomers may be getting gray hair and wrinkles which nibbles at our denial that we are aging, but there is another group that is even older.
You know who I'm talking about. Yep. I'm talking about our parents.
Though Baby Boomers bear the brunt of critical generalizations for being selfish and self-absorbed, as it turns out, we are increasingly taking greater responsibility for our moms and dads by taking them home with us.
According to an article on Seniorcitizenjournal.com a poll by Ameriprise Financial reported that 58 percent of Baby Boomers are helping their parents with their day-to-day needs including paying various expenses for them.
An article on Builderonline.com referred to an AARP survey which reported that in 2008, the United States went from having 5 million multi-generational households to 6.2 million.
Almost 25 percent of Baby Boomers surveyed were expecting to have parents move in.
Is this so our parents can help us financially? Or is it so we can help them? Maybe it's both.
Maybe Mom and Dad need some help and don't want to move into a retirement or nursing home. Maybe we prefer to have them under our noses rather than worrying about whether or not they are alright.
Or maybe the fact that this used to be the accepted way of doing things runs deeper in many of us than we realized.
There are levels of togetherness, depending on how comfortable the family is with each other.
Is everyone delighted about having the grandparents involved with the grandkids? Has your mom always been your best friend?
In that case, having them right in the middle of your living space, with their own bedroom but sharing everything else, could be just right.
If things are perhaps a bit more ... cordial, and a bit less all-embracing, a Granny apartment or a separate wing for the grandparents may be the best of all worlds.
If the senior seniors of the household can't hack too much noise, or if you prefer not to have their opinion pop up all day long, this separate living space within the family space could be ideal.