Sandwich Generation : Benefits And Challenges

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Abstract Sandwich Generation meaning middle-aged adults who are squeezed by competing needs of children and elderly parents to raise and care for them which was termed by Dorothy Miller in 1981.The role of caregivers of sandwich generation is very challenging. It is even harder to take care of elderly with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Sandwich Generation has its own benefits and challenges .Its benefits are developing stronger bond within the family, grandkids bonding with grandparents and having togetherness whereas the challenges are financial and health problems .Everyone in the family must discuss problems, work together and understand each other in the family for better living. Sandwich Generation: Benefits and Challenges Sandwich Generation meaning middle-aged adults who are squeezed by competing needs of children and elderly parents to raise and care for them (Papalia,p-531).”Sandwich Generation” was created by Dorothy Canning Miller in 1981 referring to women of 30s and 40s who had to take of their children and elderly parents at the same time but nowadays both men and women falls under the sandwich generation (Price, 2003). Dorothy has given this term a unique and meaningful name making this issue known to the public. Sandwich Generation is very common in Asian countries as I being grown up in Asia but is also prevalent in the states as one in eight Americans ,about 47% of adults in 40s and 50s are taking care of a parent 65 years old or over

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