The Challenges of the Sandwich Generation

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If you’re working double-time as a caregiver to raise your own family while taking care of your now-aging parents, you know what it’s like to be pulled in two directions at the same time—but you’re certainly not alone.

One out of every eight Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 is now finding themselves as the primary caregiver to their aging parent or parents at home, in addition to raising or supporting their own children. Even more Americans are caring for their aging parents from a distance. This “sandwich generation” is estimated to constitute over 20% of the American population and a significant portion of the modern workforce.

The Effects on the Sandwich Generation

As a result, many adults in the sandwich generation experience severe pressure in all aspects of their lives. Their responsibilities as parents, caregivers, and employees can often leave them feeling physically, mentally, and financially drained. More than two thirds of these adults are women, to whom it generally falls to be the primary caregiver in the family. In many cases, those in the sandwich generation have difficulty in finding a balance between their own careers and the work they do as caregivers—let alone finding time for themselves. With all these demands placed on the sandwich generation, there is a distinct risk of burnout, where caregivers are unable to provide the quality of care that their growing children and aging parents need.

How We Can Help

If you are one of the many adults sandwiched with intergenerational family caregiving, in-home care services from Seniors Helping Seniors SE Minnesota can help your lighten the burden. Having a caring, dedicated companion by the side of your family member can make all the difference, both for seniors and their family caregivers. Our caregivers are compassionate, mature, active women and men who we carefully match to the needs and personality of your loved one, so they feel more like friends. With our help, you no longer have to feel so overwhelmed by all the responsibilities of the “sandwich generation” and can spend more quality time with your loved one.

Call us at 507-396-8080 or visit us to find out more about how we can help you and your loved one in Rochester, Austin, Owatonna, and surrounding areas whenever you need it!