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THE SANDWICH GENERATION * A Personal Essay

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by: Pamela Thomas
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Publication Date: April 18, 2016
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 26
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN: 9780692696255
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Book Synopsis
"I hear about the so-called “sandwich generation” before I live it: The tens of millions of adults in their 40s and 50s who simultaneously care for their children and their parents. Nearly half in the United States have parents age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child. As if one or the other is not enough.
An acquaintance observes how it is overwhelming and sometimes comical to go from a young adult life of work, dates, and friends to having children, spouses, and senior care as a natural part of the new mix.
I witness friends care for and lose one parent or another. I see their grief. I bring them food. Yet I fail to comprehend their disorientation, the profound sense of orphanhood and rootlessness that comes to me, too, at age 47, despite having a family and home of my own."

Pamela Thomas provides a personal and moving glimpse of her journey as an older mother, daughter, and wife balancing caregiving for two generations.
Customer Comments
Anonymous
Posted: April 18, 2016
Customer comment 5 star rating
Essential reading for anyone juggling the multi-generational demands of caring for aging parents and young children. It's a sobering read, and one that resonates with anyone who experienced the squeeze.
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