Expert defines different kinds of sandwich generation

Alan Wu

March 4, 2011

Members of the sandwich generation have recently become the topic of much discussion, as households across the country are working to care for both children and seniors. The stress from these responsibilities can be even greater if families are trying to take care of patients with dementia.

One new seminar, "Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's and other Dementias," has touched on the difficulties facing this demographic, according to the Colchester Bulletin. Expert Carol Abaya has explained that there are two different people who can be viewed as part of the sandwich generation.

First, some individuals are part of what she calls the club sandwich. That means that they are looking after children and older adults. In an open-faced sandwich, families are only responsible for elder care.

One product that can be a valuable tool for caregiving is the medical alert system. This device enables seniors to instantly send a personal emergency response message if they require assistance.

Pew research has found that, as of 2008, 49 million Americans are living in households with three or more generations and some experts believe this trend has grown due to the Great Recession.

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