University of Southern Maine Director of University Health and Counseling Services Dr. Kristine Bertini knows exactly what it is like to be a part of the “sandwich generation,” those who find themselves caring for aging parents and growing children at the same time. Until the passing of both her parents in 2011, she cared for them, one of whom had dementia, and two stepdaughters, ages 10 and 11. Her book, “Strength for the Sandwich Generation” addresses many of the struggles multigenerational caregivers face, including financial problems, caring for those around them, and taking care of themselves.
Because of better health care, longer life spans, and the trend of having children later in life, the sandwich generation is a growing population that balances a lot of stress and conflicting demands. Fortunately, Bertini helps readers to see there are many resources and strategies to deal with this stress. She also is author of the 2009 book, “Understanding and Preventing Suicide: The Development of Self-Destructive Patterns and Ways to Alter Them.”
Bertini is available for interviews. To arrange an interview, contact Judie O’Malley, USM Public Affairs, 207-780-4200.
See “Strength for the Sandwich Generation” to view an image of the book suitable for publication.