In the previous generation, children often lived close to their parents and could watch over
them. Today our parents are living longer and their children are often living too far away
to manage their parents' care or are unable to take charge because of their own careers.
Arlene is sensitive the guilt and frustration of children in this situation and knows that you
are not alone and is there on your behalf. The children are known as the Sandwich
Generation. Here are some of their stories:

Reflections from a Licensed Social Worker

As a medical social worker in the field of hospice for more than 10 years I have had many opportunities to meet caring and committed professionals whose mission it is to serve whose lives are at the end of life. Arlene Harris exemplifies this mission of care. I met Arlene years ago while working for a hospice organization. She provided hands on care to people diagnosed with a terminal illness and made strong connections with their families. Her reputation for excellence was soon well noted in the community that she served. Soon after I met her, we became fast friends, confidants and colleagues. Social work requires the need to provide resources for families and patients. Arlene became my primary resource for providing care to patients and families. As two friends who have been on this hospice journey together, Arlene has always reflected the highest values of care and commitment to those people whose life she has helped to serve. I consider her not only a dear friend, but a person that is committed to the dignity and service of others.

Robin Shane, LCSW