Sandwich generation often pulled apart by loved ones

Jasmine Phu

April 1, 2011

Mom wants a trip to the doctor's appointment, but the kids need dinner. Children finish their dinner before Grandma isn't done with the bread rolls. If this sounds familiar, there's a chance that one may be part of the sandwich generation, which is torn between watching after youngsters and senior parents. 

Or is it the taffy generation? Margie Peterson recently wrote in The Palmer-Forks Patch that she doesn't feel like part of a sandwich. Instead, it seems that she is being pulled in opposite directions by the needs of her family.

"Rather than being squeezed in the middle by the younger and older members of the family, I feel more like a member of the Taffy Generation – being pulled in different directions by people moving at completely different speeds," she writes.

Families who are experiencing a similar dynamic may want to invest in a medical alarm system for a home. This device can allow caregivers some time to themselves, while knowing that anyone in the family can instantly send a personal emergency response message if they need help.

Suburban Journals reports that there are more than 20 million Americans who are currently part of the sandwich generation.