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Sandwich Generation (not a tasty lunch option)

Are you part of the sandwich generation? What does this even mean? The sandwich generation refers to middle aged adults, usually in their 40's and 50's, who are caring for both their children and their elderly parents. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 23% of adults in the United States are now part of the sandwich generation. Pew defined sandwich generation as an adult with a parent over 65 years old who are also raising a minor or supporting an adult child.

In a Policygenius Sandwich Generation survey, more than 60% of respondents said they are stressed ("very" or "somewhat") about how much it costs to take care of at least three generations: their parents, their immediate family (self and spouse) and children. Over half of those in the sandwich generation feel that supporting their parents will be as expensive as raising their own children. As life expectancy grows, so will the number of people in the sandwich generation.

What can be done to lessen the burden?

1. Discuss finances

  • Discuss the financial situation with your elderly parents

  • Find out what pensions or benefits they may be entitled to

  • There are non profits and government programs available that might provide financial support and guidance

  • Make a plan with financially dependent adult children to get them financially independent

2. Take Care of Yourself

  • Delegate tasks to others

  • Make sure you get proper sleep, eat healthy, and exercise

  • Join a support group

  • Do activities you enjoy

3. Hire an advocate

  • My role as a health advocate is to take off some of the burden of caring for your aging parents. Reach out to me and we can discuss the ways in which my services can lower the stress of taking care of your parents.

As always, if you are overwhelmed by your current health situation and would like someone by your side to help you navigate the modern medical system, do not hesitate to reach out and find out how my advocacy services can benefit you.



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