Feb 6, 2013

The Sandwich Generation

There's a new generational tag....the Sandwich Generation.  This refers to the generation of middle-aged adults who are caring for both their parents and their own children.

71% of this group are ages 40 to 59, 19% are younger than 40, and 10% are age 60 or older.  

Nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older).  

48% of adults ages 40-59 have provided some financial support to at least one grown child in the past year, with 27% providing the primary support.

One likely explanation for the increase in the prevalence of parents providing financial assistance to grown children is the Recession and sluggish recovery.  It has taken a toll on young adults.  In 2010, the share of young adults who were employed full-time experienced a greater drop in average weekly earnings than any other group.

Emotional support is also prevalent.  61% of the Sandwich Generation say their parents rely on them for emotional support.  33% say their grown children depend on them frequently for emotional support.

A positive is closer family relationships.  Half of all adults with a grown child say their relationship with their children is closer than the relationship they had with their own parents at a comparable age.
  • Have you noticed these trends in your ministry?
  • How can we come alongside the Sandwich Generation and provide support and encouragement?
  • How can we partner with Sandwich Generation parents? 
  • How has this changed the dynamics of many families?
Would enjoy seeing your thoughts in the comment section below.

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