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 Already, one in seven Americans belong to the sandwich generation – people who are caring for both aging parents and young children. Garen Staglin, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 The sandwich generation effect highlights the squeeze on women responsible for childcare and caring for elderly family members. Shaheena Janjuha-jivraj, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 18 Feb. 2020 Read about the sandwich generation, caring for aging relatives and the costs of adoption. Dani Blum, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2020 But there’s another huge part of the population to consider here, too: The sandwich generation. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 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, 17 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of sandwich generation

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 20 May. 2022.

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