The Sandwich Generation is a term used to describe people who care for aging parents while simultaneously raising young kids. Sandwiched between growing and aging. Pressed on both sides by demands for time, for care, for love, for decision making.
Parenting resources are endlessly available. How-to. When-to. Why-to. Books, magazines, workshops, experts. Whatever the question, there are multiple answers covering multiple parenting styles, right at our fingertips, all the time.
But what happens when our parents also need our care? What happens when our parents need appointments scheduled, meals made, transportation provided?
What happens when we’re raising kids, working jobs, and caregiving?
For this, the resources are almost non-existent. The guidance? Unavailable. The compensation? Gurl, please. Not only can the emotional toll be huge, the financial ramifications are undeniable and far-reaching.
In an in-depth article, Eldercare: The Crisis Facing America’s Working Daughters, The Atlantic lays it out for us:
As America ages — nearly 1 in 5 people will be 65 or older by 2030 — this issue only worsens. Not only do these “working daughter” caregivers lose income, but this begs a pressing question: what’s the greater economic impact if, particularly with a growing nursing shortage, women en masse are forced to step out of careers in order to care for aging parents?
Yes. How indeed?
For more on this important conversation, check Daughterhood.org, a non-profit dedicated to helping women stuck in the sandwich.
Source: The Atlantic