The Sandwich Generation
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The Sandwich Generation

Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano

Rising life expectancy has led to the growth of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ – men and women who are caregivers to their children of varying ages as well as for one or both parents whilst still managing their own household and work responsibilities. This book considers both the strains and benefits of this position.
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Chapter 3: Intergenerational relations in later life families

Nancy Mandell and Ann H. Kim


The lengthening of the life course and the rise in the number of older immigrant adults in Canada have given rise to different patterns of intergenerational relations within older family units. Defined as ‘ties between individuals or groups of different ages’, intergenerational family relationships include all the ways in which family members both give and receive financial, instrumental and emotional care and support for one another. The emergence of complex emotional relations, diverse family structures, interdependent family roles and unanticipated extensions of caregiving into old age represent issues generated in response to global structural patterns. Along with greater complexity, diversity and interdependence among family members, we are witnessing the rise of intergenerational ambivalence. Key words: intergenerational relations, ageing families, intergenerational ambivalence, older immigrants, financial, instrumental and emotional care and support for older adults.

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