Sandwich Generation Issues- Many family caregivers have multiple generations requiring their attention and care. In 1981, Dorothy Miller coined the term sandwich generation to refer to inequality in the exchange of resources and support between generations.
Specifically, Miller was referring to a segment of the middle-aged generation that provides support to both young and older family members yet does not receive reciprocal support in exchange. Miller emphasized the unique stressors of multigenerational caregiving and the lack of community resources available to assist the middle generation. Because multigenerational caregivers are most often women dealing with the complex role configurations of wife, mother, daughter, caregiver, and employee, some researchers use the phrase women in the middle interchangeably with the sandwich generation.
In 2013 this is more and more an issue with men – adult sons as well. I am now helping a family where the 93 old Dad is home dying at his son’s home with Hospice and an excellent geriatric care management agency Livhome supplying 24 hour care. The adult son has four grown sons and three grandchildren. In all we have 4 generations sandwiched together helped thankfully by an excellent Hospice and terrific geriatric care management agency. These agencies together and in unison help unlayer the sandwich and allow the whole family to come together to bring joy to all their lives while they surround this great grandfather through his death . That’s the grace of the whole family approach to me .