sandwich generation


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sandwich generation

members of the middle generation who are trying to raise children and help aging parents at the same time.
A popular term referring to the generation of people who provide care for both their parents and their children, so called as they are 'sandwiched' between the two

sand·wich gen·er·a·tion

(sand'wich jen'ĕr-ā'shŭn)
A term used to describe a generation of people who care for their aging parents or other relatives while supporting their own children: essentially "in the middle;" hence, the term sandwich.
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The sandwich generation are people who care for aging parents while supporting their own children.
But they should also broaden the discussion to include women in the sandwich generation, which will keep expanding as life spans increase and women continue to outlive men.
If we look at the changing demographics and the graying population and the sandwich generation who are taking care of parents and children, we can't wait to develop a supply," Bailey said.
Adults who are simultaneously caring for two generations are referred to as the sandwich generation and are classified into three categories: (a) traditional sandwich--those sandwiched between aging parents who need care and/or help and their own children; (b) club sandwich--those in their 50s or 60s, sandwiched between aging parents, adult children, and grandchildren or those in their 30s and 40s with young children, aging parents, and grandparents; and (c) open faced--anyone involved in elder care (Abaya, n.
Breakfast At Noon is very highly recommended reading, particularly for members of the Sandwich Generation for its hilarious satirical but all-too-true interpretation of life and responsibility for baby boomer age grown-ups as well as offering a thoroughly thought-out and well written social analysis.
Boomers are often part of "the sandwich generation," with responsibilities for the younger generation (their children) and the older generation (their parents).
The term sandwich generation has been used to describe families who are concurrently caring for both children and parents (Hansen, 1997).
As the population of the world lives longer, the so-called Sandwich Generation, typically in their 40s and 50s, is challenged to devote enough time to parents and children and still find some time for themselves.
Our products offer peace of mind for those of us in the sandwich generation as we struggle to care for our parents as well as our own families.
McFedries carefully provides citations to the first appearance of terms such as "supercentenarian," "grand boomer," "grey nomad," "elder orphan," "club sandwich generation," and "geezer glut" (McFedries & Logophilia Limited, n.
Raphael (1993) "The woman in the middle: the sandwich generation revised".