Happy Birthday to The Sandwich Generation
Part 1: The Sandwich Generation label has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with being stuck firmly between an older and younger generation of family members. This 5 part series may assist with ways to reduce stress while helping your elder parent(s).
If you were born after WWII, between 1946-1964 you are part of the “baby boom” generation. You likely grew up with 3 to 7 siblings who are now considered part of the Sandwich Generation. Many baby boomers are overloaded juggling their career along with looking after parents and their immediate family. Thus sandwiched, and pulled in every direction even as Boomers themselves become seniors. An improved healthcare system means parents are living longer than their parents did – sometimes flirting around the century mark.
2.4 Million babies were born in Canada between 1957-61 – the heart of the post war baby boom. 10% of our population will be seniors soon. Why is this important? Systems are not currently (2018) in place to adequately care for our aging population. Our infrastructure is lagging to support such a large cohort of aging seniors.
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