sandwich generation

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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
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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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