The term “sandwich generation” refers to people who find themselves raising children and providing caregiving services to their elderly parents or other aging relatives. The burden of providing care for both young and old can have a tremendous impact on the care provider’s own health and their relationships with children, parents and spouses. The Pew Research Center reports that up to 1 in 8 Americans are current members of the sandwich generation, and that number will only grow as America’s elderly population is likely to double by the year 2030.
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Do you care for both children and elderly relatives? How do you handle the burden of caring for both the young and the aged? Do you have any advice for others who find themselves part of the sandwich generation?