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Sandwiched... are you taking care of your aging parents AND your children?

How Life Changes Being Part of the Sandwich Generation


The Sandwich Generation Documentary: Watch Living with Herbie - Part II of this emotionally charged account of family caregiving.  Filmmakers, Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi, expose their personal lives with unflinching candor, as they uproot their family in order to move cross-country to care for Winokur's father, Herbie. Media Storm

    Videos on the Sandwich Generation: Are You Financially Prepared?; The Boomer Report; and Are You Caught in the Sandwich Generation? Also check out other videos on this page.

Sandwich Generation - The Cluttered Nest Syndrome
By Sheri & Bob Stritof, About.com Guide


What is the Sandwich Generation? It is a demanding time when a couple is still dealing with parenting issues, thinking about their own retirement, and yet facing the issues of coping with aging parents. Deciding which has the highest priority can tear a marriage apart.


An estimated 22 percent of the American population can be classified as the Sandwich Generation meaning they are parenting their own children and taking care of their parents at the same time. Some estimates show that nearly two-thirds of the baby boom generation will be taking care of an elderly parent in the next ten years. In 1990, Newsweek reported that the average woman spends 17 years raising children and 18 years helping aging parents.


Many of these couples face major stress in their finances, emotions, and relationships. What happens to a couple's dreams for a secure retirement, travel, and slowing down?


However, coresidency apparently does not cause major problems for the majority of couples who have intergenerational households. With good communication, having three or four generations under one roof can enhance a family's sense of well-being, provide a sense of belonging for younger children, assist teenagers in moving on to adulthood, and eases the burden of chores due to the extra helping hands.


Read 9 Tips to Have a Successful Intergenerational Household

Did you know?

  • The demands on a person who is taking care of elderly parents result in a great deal of stress.

  • If caregivers aren't careful, they jeopardize their own health and well-being.

  • A study of family caregivers found that those who experience caregiving related stress have a 63% higher mortality rate than non-caregivers of the same age.

Read How To Reduce Caregiver Stress

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More Sandwich Generation Articles

  • The Sandwich Generation: More Americans are taking care of their parents as well as their own kids.Read article and watch videos. By John Kreiser, CBS News

  • How To Make a Better Sandwich:  Among women caring for their parents, none face the rock-and-a-hard-place choices of those in the so-called sandwich generation. By Jane Gross, The New York Times, Health

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