The Pros And Cons Of The Sandwich Generation

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The term “Sandwich Generation” is what some are using to describe those people who, for one reason or another, are ‘sandwiched’ between the need to provide care not only for their own children but also for at least one aging parent. There has been much debate on what classifies someone as being included in such group, and little emphasis on the strain that accompany the transition from child to caregiver. This paper will discuss the classification that make up the “sandwich generation’ and some of the hardships that can put a strain on marriage, siblings, and some of the positive effects that go along with caring for a parent. First, how do we know who fits into this group? Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “sandwich generation’ as being…show more content…
There is the financial side of things; you are increasing bills, food, then you add in any medical costs. This along can turn any healthy marriage into a battle, but then you add in the chance of losing or having to give up a job. While most do not go into this endeavor with that mentality, the number of working women 45 to 54 has dropped more than 3.5 percent, a rough one million women, several of them leaving to care for a parent (Searcey, 2014). Another possible stressor would be the jealously that may arise. This primarily happens in one of two ways. One, the care giving spouse is busy juggling kids and now a parent and it seems like they rarely have time to spend with their spouse. The other cause would be that maybe one partner’s parents live with them while the other partner’s parent is stuck in a nursing home or lives off visits are limited. It is important to take time to foster the marriage and relationship with your spouse as well as have an open communication about feelings of possible neglect or…show more content…
In some cases a sibling may think that the care giving sibling is just doing it to get a larger cut of the will, while the caregiving sibling feels frustrated when the others are not stepping up to the plate. Many people do not think too much about how this can play out over several years, but the effects can last well beyond the time of care giving. “I still have issues with my husband and my brothers not getting along, and my mother passed away over six years ago” Georgina Moore stated in an interview (Moore, 2015). In her case, Moore was the primary care giver for her mother for over 20 years. They last eight years of her mother’s life she lived in her home with her family. She stated that her brothers were not able to be there to help in the care giving process. The brothers did send money when they were able to, but there was tension in the relationship. Again, it is important to have open communication and consider what can be done to help. Moore suggests that families in this situation create a care plan rotation, this enables the primary care giver to have a couple hours or days to themselves and their

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