July is Sandwich Generation Month

Sandwich generation familyAre you a part of the Sandwich Generation?

July is “Sandwich Generation Month.” Those in the sandwich generation are typically middle-aged adults who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children, whether the children are young or grown.

As the population of the U.S. ages, more and more people will find themselves becoming multi-generational caregivers. According to National Alliance for Caregiving, 9.3 million Americans are currently a part of the sandwich generation, and that number is expected to greatly increase over the next 20 years as the baby boomer population ages.

Why are more and more people caught between generations?

  • People are living longer due to advances in medicine and technology
  • People are delaying having children until their mid- to late-30s

Consequences the Sandwich Generation faces:

  • Financial strain in providing support to both parents as well as children
  • Career implications (needing time off, etc)
  • The feeling of being pulled in many different directions; depression
  • Strain on relationships

Tips to help:

  • Involve the family. Don’t try to tackle everything on your own. Create a plan that the whole family contributes to.
  • Get professional help. Contact a home care company, such as Visiting Angels, if you need help with your aging parents. Call a financial planner or accountant regarding your finances. Contact an estate lawyer to make sure your and your parents’ legal documents are up-to-date.
  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough sleep and eat healthy. Take breaks. Treat yourself. Make time for fun. Nurture your relationships.

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