sandwich generation

noun

Definition of sandwich generation

: a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children

Examples of sandwich generation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Millennials make up 39% of the sandwich generation, according to a survey of 1,000 adults conducted by Morning Consult for New York Life in late July and early August. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "As COVID-19 rages, millennials make up growing share of 'sandwich generation,' caring for kids and parents," 18 Nov. 2020 For years, the sandwich generation has featured middle-aged Americans -- in other words, Gen Xers and baby boomers. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "As COVID-19 rages, millennials make up growing share of 'sandwich generation,' caring for kids and parents," 18 Nov. 2020 Read more about the sandwich generation, the cost of adoption and out-of-pocket expenses for preterm births. Laura Vanderkam, New York Times, "The Gig Economy Offers Parents Options and Obstacles," 18 Feb. 2020 Read about the sandwich generation, caring for aging relatives and the costs of adoption. Dani Blum, New York Times, "The Outrageous Costs of Over-Scheduling Your Child," 17 Feb. 2020 But there’s another huge part of the population to consider here, too: The sandwich generation. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "From Alexa to VR: These tech tools can make aging in place easier," 31 Oct. 2019 In addition to easing the financial burden of aging, care managers reduce stress for sandwich generation families who can’t be in two places at once. Alix Boyle, courant.com, "Geriatric care managers: They can save older adults and their families time and money," 17 Oct. 2019 This is friendship and parenting in the sandwich generation. Meg Ounsworth Steere, chicagotribune.com, "Caught between kids and a parent with Alzheimer’s, I found a lifeline on the playground," 23 Aug. 2019 This is friendship and parenting in the sandwich generation. BostonGlobe.com, "Caught between kids and parent with Alzheimer’s, I found a lifeline on the playground," 16 Aug. 2019

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Sandwich generation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sandwich%20generation. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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