Multigenerational Living

by Lois Etienne on May 22, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Finances,Grandmothers,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Multigenerational living is on the increase. As a matter of fact, about 7.1 million U.S. in 2010 had at least three generations of family members, an increase of more than 30 percent since 2000, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.

We know that the “boomerang kids” are moving back in with Mom and Dad, sometimes with grandchildren. But “multigenerational living” must also include grandmothers moving in with grandkids or, more frequently, their own children. These arrangements are heavily influenced by economics and extended life spans.

Other findings from recent studies:

  • The most common multigenerational family is an older parent who owns the house living with an adult child and grandchild.
  • Older women are more likely than older men to live in a multigenerational household.

Make sure you consider the emotional, financial, and comfort and safety aspects of intergenerational living before you move your dad in with you. There are many things you should consider before merging households. There has to be great communication, financial agreements and expectations of privacy and together time. It sounds simple but it can be absolutely destructive if you don’t plan ahead.

Make Way for Mom provides a variety of tools and resources that can help you decide whether or not to combine families. The website also offers tips if you decide to make the move and resources to help your dad remain in his own home.

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