Sunday, January 15, 2006

sandwich generation

sandwich generation The sandwich generation is an inaccurate and overworked term that presumably describes people 50 to 60 years of age caught between the need to assist their aging parents as well as their children in college or starting family life. Presumably members of the sandwich generation are ready to relax and travel because their children are grown, but they find that they must now take on a new guardianship, becoming, in a sense, parents to their parents. Thus this middle generation is thought to be burdened with coping with the health, housing, financial, and emotional problems of their parents, and with feelings of guilt and resentment. Research on intergenerational family relations, however, shows that older people assist their children as much as their children help them, and that care of parents, though it may become a burden in some cases, is usually managed without undue difficulty when it does become necessary.
See also CAREGIVERS; ROLE REVERSAL.
Brozan, N. "The Sandwich Generation," in Aging. Goldstein, E. C., ed. Vol. I, Art. 52. Boca Raton, Fl.: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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