Modern trends have intersected to create this new stage in life known as the sandwich generation. These trends include:

These factors have "sandwiched" the middle aged caregiver between children who still need her (may be very young children up to college aged or above, depending on family dependency issues) and her elderly parents who can not only not help with the youngest generation but can also no longer care for themselves independently.

You know you are a member of the sandwich generation if (among other things) your worries include:

Sandwich generation members can certainly include adult sons as well as adult daughters, I have just used the feminine pronoun for ease of writing.

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