What is the Sandwich Generation?
The sandwich generation are those people sandwiched between two generations - taking care of children and taking care of aging parents, at the same time!
What is the "Sandwich Generation?"
What are the unique stressors for the Sandwich Generation?
What eases the strain in the Sandwich Generation?
How are children impacted?
It was 2015 — I was a full-time working mom of two high school students - one getting ready for college and the other just starting her high school years.
Meanwhile, I was also caring for both parents who were over 80 and living in an Assisted Living facility. I was a poster child for the Sandwich Generation – one of many adults in the world who have children living in their homes, and who are also caring for an aging parent.
I was squeezed!
A 2014 Pew Research Study (in the United States) suggested that about 47% of Americans are in this situation, and rates are rising rapidly due to adults living longer and the large Baby Boomer Generation beginning to retire.
Boomers represent one of the largest generations and a group who have always shaken up the status quo! As they approach retirement, they are at it again. Now is the time to start conversations about family, caregiving, and how we view this next wave.