More than half of boomer mothers are taking care of adult children


April 15, 2011

A new survey has found that more than half of boomer mothers are helping take care of their adult children, according to Reuters. Nine percent said that their kids were living back at home indefinitely, 12 percent are responsible for a child's finances and 31 percent have young adults living at home who plan to become independent. 

"I wasn't completely unhappy when both of my kids bounced back for periods of time," Liz Kitchens, who helped conduct the survey, told the news source. "I think we've created good dinner companions."

However, this situation sharply contrasts to the experience of the mothers themselves, 86 percent of whom said that they were financially independent of parents by age 25.

Millions of Americans are also stuck in the sandwich generation, because in addition to caring for adult children, they are also caring for an older adult. One way that can help a caregiver juggle these responsibilities is to install an elderly alert system in a senior residence. This device will enable older adults to instantly send a medical alert if they require assistance.

Experts suggest that overwhelmed caregivers may also want to share the burden with the rest of the family. If adult children are living at home, encourage them to visit grandparents and check on their safety.