SANDWICHED? Are you caring for both younger and older relatives? You are not alone! My colleague, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker, is devoting all this week to an OurValues series exploring the huge Sandwich Generation in America. A new Pew report reveals that half—that’s right, half—of all adults in their 40s and 50s are sandwiched. Me, too. That means we have at least one parent over 65 as well as at least one young child—or a grown child we are helping to support. We’re like sandwiches providing various forms of sustenance to younger and older generations in our families.
Please enjoy Dr. Baker’s OurValues series all this week.
And, enjoy all that we have to offer at We Are Caregivers. Today, I want to recap some of the resources we have been providing to caregivers since this website was founded in mid October. The Pew report shows that the Sandwich Generation is fairly happy, overall. That sounds accurate to me, as a sandwiched adult myself. We are able to care for others because we love them and we keep finding ways to refresh our own spirits, each week. However—Pew does report that sandwiched adults are more likely to be financially stressed and are likely struggling to find enough time to get everything done. Collectively, our stress is rising!
Our specialty at We Are Caregivers is sharing ideas for coping, reducing stress and keeping our minds, our bodies and our spirits healthy. Here are some of our stories that already are helping readers:
Pew Says We Face Time Crunches:
Do You Fear the Looming Calendar?
Our invitation: Help us rewrite a new Caregivers Calendar.
Are You Too Busy for Spiritual Surprises?
Let me tell you about: Grabbing life’s Sunset Moments.
Sorry that You Disappointed Someone Recently?
Is Loneliness a Problem in Your Family?
Wondering If God Is Still Out There?
And, Last But Certainly Not Least …
Always: Be Thankful! Here’s how I do it.