Millennials. The offspring of the Baby Boomer generation. We’re entitled, self-centered, and unaware. At least, that’s the popular narrative. While surely there are those 20-and-30-somethings who fit that description, there is an emerging, little-known subgroup: Millennial Caregivers.
According to AARP, there are currently 10 million millennial caregivers. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to encounter age-related disease and find themselves in need of part-time or full-time care, the outrageously high costs of healthcare and long-term care mean that they are turning to their children and other younger relatives for help.
When tasked with taking on the arduous and overwhelming task of becoming an untrained, unpaid care provider, Millennials have questions.
How do we find the right doctors?
When is it time for mom to move into an Assistant Living Facility?
And WTF is an Advanced Directive?
The role of caregiver is often made even more complex when the families are affected by discrimination and healthcare inequity as the result of belonging to historically marginalized groups of people including people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, persons with developmental and developmental disabilities, people who are differently-abled, and the working poor.