My friend’s mother is twenty years older than she is. Her mother is having health problems and so am I. I am almost forty years older than my youngest child. It occurred to me that while my friend views her mother’s illness with just twenty years between them, my sons view mine with at least thirty years difference in our ages. I feel like it makes a difference in how adult children view their parents’ health. I seem to be regarded as so much older. I am having a hard time explaining the thoughts I had about this today, but I realized that the way a parent’s health is viewed varies depending on the amount of years in the generation gap.