The "sandwich generation" in the United States, consisting of adults aged 40 to 59 who care for both their aging parents and their own children, is facing substantial challenges. Traditionally, individuals in this age group became empty nesters, but recent findings from the Pew Research Center reveal that 54% of parents in their 40s are now simultaneously caring for seniors and providing financial support to their adult children.
This generation, primarily comprised of women, is dealing with a unique combination of factors, such as a growing number of aging seniors and financial difficulties experienced by their adult children. The rising prevalence of conditions like Alzheimer's disease and the ongoing financial instability of young adults are contributing to significant declines in the sandwich generation's physical, mental, and financial well-being.
To combat caregiver burnout, the report suggests support, including respite care, assistive technology, and asking for specific help from friends and family. Home care agencies can assist with respite care. To find an agency near you, click here.
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