A troubling phenomenon is now ubiquitous for many middle-aged adults: Welcome to the “Sandwich Generation.” No, not the good kind of sandwich, either.
Today’s “Sandwich Generation” refers to the many millions of middle-aged Americans that find themselves lending caregiving assistance to elder family members, while also providing continued assistance to younger family members still trying to get a foothold in the world. The “boomerang kids” (younger family members returning to the home nest) are often rubbing elbows with their parents longer than anticipated.
The situation makes for cramped quarters, noisier living spaces, “we need to talk” moments and more than a few sideways glances.
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