A recent Pew research report has identified what is now being called the “Sandwich Generation.”
This distinction applies to 40-60 year old adults who have either a minor child or are supporting a grown child and are supporting one or more of their own parents. Almost half of American families now meet the first part of the test and, in decisive 25% growth in the last seven years, 15% of families also meet the second test.
The name “Sandwich Generation” comes from fact that one in seven American families now finds a family working to support itself, the generation before and the generation after.
As the Baby Boom generation ages, this phenomenon is expected to grow.
Planning for long term care with an experienced Elder Law attorney can make the management of the challenges to the Sandwich Generation more manageable and less stressful.