|About the Book|
The sandwich generation refers to the growing numbers of middle-aged people who must care for both children and elderly parents while trying to manage the stress of full-time jobs. Advances in technology and medicine are helping us to live longer -- but not without extended care from our families. At the same time, the economic climate is making it difficult for young adults to leave home and start their own lives- they are often boomeranged back to their parents for financial help, emotional support, and accommodation.In The Family Squeeze, Suzanne Kingsmill and Ben Schlesinger trace the day-to-day life of a model family caught up in this situation. They guide reader through various scenarios, paying particular attention to the woman in the middle, who has traditionally been the caregiver to young and old but is now also a full-time member of the work force. Each scenario is followed by comments, advice, and suggestions that will help the reader understand each stage of the game. The resource section includes an annotated bibliography as well as a list of selected services to contact for help in Metropolitan Toronto, Canada, and the United States. Internet resources are also listed.All those who are, or are about to become members of the Sandwich Generation will find this book to be a helpful guide for coping with the multiple pressures they rice every day.