Many of us are set to experience the stage where the parent-child relationship tables are turned and we have to care for ageing parents. Transitioning into these reversed roles can be emotional and uncomfortable for both older parents and adult children. Older parents may feel shame and embarrassment disclosing that they have insufficient funds for their retirement. Adult children may find it difficult as it usually happens at a time when they are experiencing the demands of children and work. Paul aged 46, is having to negotiate his new role as caregiver to both his young daughters and his ageing parents. Paul belongs to the sandwich generation which, according to Old Mutual's Savings and Investment Monitor, makes up 27% of SA's workforce. Unfortunately, the journey for Paul and his parents has been fraught with distress and miscommunication. While going through his divorce and adjusting to the responsibilities of being a single dad, Paul started to suspect that his parents were in...

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