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The sandwich generation has a considerable challenge ahead of them. They are mostly middle-aged adults responsible for their growing kids and aging parents. They are sandwiched between taking care of aging loved ones in need of assistance physically or financially – and their kids who require emotional, physical, and financial support. At times, adult children return home; therefore, the phrase boomerang kids.
They are usually in their mid-40s or 50s, working full time while doing their best to fulfill the role of caregivers at the same time. The sandwich generation has to care for their grandkids in cases where the parents (adult children) cannot do so due to workload.
According to the Families and Work Institute Older Adult Caregiver Study compiled during 2014, roughly 53% of 1,050 adults cared for family members 65 years of age and older. As much as 61% provided care for adults 50 or older.
One in seven adults provides financial assistance to their elderly parents as well as one or more children.
Elderly care experts say the sandwich generation can be grouped as follows:
Did you know that the term “sandwich generation” became so commonplace that it was added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary?
Let’s turn our attention to the challenges faced by the sandwich generation. The most impacted area would be finances in taking care of multiple generations. Contrary to popular belief, it is not as much elderly parents as adult children aged 25 to 34 who require the most financial assistance.
Is it any wonder that we need assistance to cope with sandwich generation stress? Working, managing your home, caring for parents. There may be no time or resources left for to care for yourself. This can lead to caregiver fatigue and burnout.
The uncertain times we live in related to a global pandemic and increasing unemployment leaves many of us with no choice but to face the burdens of helping out with daily activities, covering medical costs, and other financial concerns.
Due to all kinds of stress factors, the sandwich generation is prone to experiencing:
The primary mission of anyone who renders caregiving duties would be to ensure everyone they are responsible for is safe, healthy and happy. Unfortunately, a common by product is they tend to neglect their own needs.
Below are ways to help reduce stress and tips on how to relieve financial burdens that would lead to a more positive experience:
Find a local support group to share ideas and ask questions from people who have been through similar challenges.
The elderly population keeps growing, and young adults are may be struggling to make ends meet during our trying economic times. This leads to folks in their mid-40s and 50s to become what they fondly refer to as the “sandwich generation”.
Most importantly, as a sandwich generation member, you need to practice self-care by eating right, ensuring you invest in some downtime, get enough sleep, laugh a lot, and be willing to ask for and accept help when needed.
That's all for today.
Take care, keep mom safe and have a great day!