Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano
Chapter 2: Challenges faced by sandwiched caregivers
An aging population having more chronic health conditions and a lower fertility rate will increase challenges to informal caregivers, perhaps more so in the sandwich generation, as older and younger generations will put pressure on caregivers. The author, using research data, compares sandwiched with non-sandwiched caregivers, in a large U.S. database, on personal demographics, caregiving time, types of care provided, labor force participation and accommodation, perceived burden, quality of life, and employment burden. She reports both similarities and differences between these two groups. Being sandwiched, however, is associated with more financial strain, but similar levels of burden, physical strains, and emotional stresses. It may be that, in both groups, caring for others is seen as a “labor of love.” Organizational support lessened some of these consequences. Societies face challenges as the need for caregivers increases while the supply diminishes. Key words: caregiver challenges, sandwiched versus non-sandwiched caregivers, future societal caregiving challenges.
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