September 29, 2004


'Sandwich generation' stresses likely to grow (Oliver Moore, Globe and Mail, September 28th, 2004)

The stress of caring for both parents and children is taking its toll on the so-called “sandwich generation,” according to a report from Statistics Canada released Tuesday.

It is already a substantial group and it is likely to grow, the authors warn.

These 'sandwiched' workers were considerably more likely to feel generally stressed. About 70 per cent of them reported stress, about 15 per cent more than workers with neither child-care nor elder-care responsibilities.

It is not a small group, according to the report, which is based on the 2002 General Social Survey. Compiling the data on Canadians between 45 to 64, who had at least one unmarried child under 25 living in the home, researchers found that a bit less than 30 per cent were also caring for a senior. [...]

Although the overwhelming majority of felt satisfied with life in general (95 per cent), they admitted the sacrifices that caring for an elderly person can entail.

They may feel satisfied with life now, but once we psychologists and activists get through with them, they’ll be as bitterly unhappy as they should be!

Posted by Peter Burnet at September 29, 2004 6:28 PM

This is exactly why the floodgates will open for immigrants to America.

By 2025, the bulk of the Boomers will have retired, and they're going to need some cheap help.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 30, 2004 2:40 AM

This is utter nonsense.

I don't know how things are in your family, but in ours there's only one money. If my parents need my financial help, they get it. If I were to need theirs, it would be there for me. I fully understand that the larger their nest egg becomes, the better it is for me. They understand that the more I earn, that the better off their life becomes.

This inter-generational hostility which obsesses our press and elite culture is simply not present in most societies around the globe. And those cultures like Hindus and Chinese do quite nicely in the West when they preserve the old ways of doing things, like pooling the resources of the extended family.

Posted by: Bart at September 30, 2004 7:58 AM

Anyone who has ever felt badly about living up to your obligations to your family, please raise your hand. The next step won't hurt a bit.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 30, 2004 9:29 AM

It's likely that we'll have to revert to a
1950's standard of living in order to handle
the demographic shift.

Posted by: J.H. at September 30, 2004 10:29 AM