The millennial generation is frequently criticized for being self-absorbed and avoiding adult responsibility at all costs. And yet, according to a report by AARP
, about 10 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 serve as caregivers for a loved one, which means that out of four family caregivers in the U.S., one is a millennial. Though I was several years into adulthood at the time that my mom got sick, I still relied on my parents for emotional support, frequently picking up the phone to ask my mom questions about everything from What exactly do they mean by hand wash only?
to Should I stay even though I know he doesn’t love me?
I wasn’t sure if I was ready to be that person for my parents. In fact, it hadn’t occurred to me to worry about them at all until I was presented with a reason to.