You can hardly open a newspaper or news website these days without finding an article on the difficulties of the sandwich generation — those poor folks simultaneously coping with the needs of children and aging parents. Well, here’s another.
As editorial pages editor, I’ve published dozens of articles over the years on the concerns of the sandwich generation, particularly about the problems of dealing with the often complex needs of aging parents. But an idea popped into my head recently about the issue that I don’t recall reading anywhere else.
Those of us in our 50s from the tail end of the Baby Boom and early part of Gen X aren’t the first people to find ourselves supporting youngsters and oldsters at the same time. But it strikes me that our cohort is unique in history in finding ourselves buffeted by a storm of overlapping pressures.