OTTAWA — Kathyrn Harrison was watching her mother tear pages out of magazines to make collages when it hit her.
Bonnie Harrison was a former real-estate agent. She’d run an inn with her husband, Now, in the throes of dementia, she was participating in art therapy that often saw her filling in colouring books.
“My mom wasn’t even aware that there was something wrong with her,” said Harrison, a 41-year-old from Toronto.”I started crying,” she recalled. “She came over and hugged me.”
Harrison is part of a group of Canadians that has been dubbed the Sandwich Generation, because they are caught between the needs of their own families and children, and the needs of their aging parents.