According to a study by Communispace, “the recession has added considerable stress to this already
overburdened population known as ‘the sandwich generation,’ baby boomers who support kids, parents, relatives and themselves at the same time.
A significant finding is that this caretaker segment is more of a “situation” than a generation. It includes people ranging from their mid-30s to 60 and over who will sacrifice more for their parents, even if it’s at the expense of their children:
• 58% said they’d give a spare bedroom to an aging parent over their young adult child
• 65% said they’d move in with an ailing parent, even if it meant a longer commute and new environment (school, friends, etc.) for their child or children
• 77% would adapt the things they’d purchase to accommodate parents; for example, when buying
a new car they’d consider buying one with a larger trunk (to hold a parent’s wheel chair or walker), rather than one that is comfortable or gets good gas mileage”.
According to the Pew Research Center, 47 percent of adults in their 40s and 50s belong to the sandwich generation. The population has grown so large that the month of July 2013 was dedicated to raising awareness about the Sandwich Generation. for more on boomers and seniors go to the following blog.
Source: An Excerpt from the Center for Media Research, Wednesday,
October 21, 2009