Are you part of the sandwich generation (link is external)?
One of the burdens assumed by adult children is caring for their aging parents while dealing with their own children at the same time. According to Pew Research Center, about one out of every eight Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 care directly for an aging parent while an additional seven to ten million Americans help their parents or other aging relatives even from a long distance. At the same time, many of them also have children who also need emotional or financial help. And the number of children caught in this double-bind is expected to grow as more and more members of the baby boom generation become senior citizens themselves. This is what it means to be part of the sandwich generation.
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