The Sandwich Generation

You are likely between 45 to 64 years old. You are raising children who are under 25 years of age while caring for elderly parents or older relatives. You are caught or sandwiched between the demands of both. Your life is probably hectic. This can be a stressful situation for you and your family.

  A few facts about the sandwich generation

  • More than 8 in 10 of you worked. Some of you have had to reduce or change your work hours. Some of you have even lost income.
  • 15 per cent of sandwiched workers had to reduce their hours, 20 per cent had to change their schedules and 10 per cent lost income.
  • Four in 10 of you have extra expenses such as renting medical equipment or purchasing cell phones.
  • Women are more likely than men to be sandwiched. On average, women spent 29 hours a month providing care to seniors, more than twice as many as the 13 hours spent by their male counterparts.
  • Women are more likely to provide personal care such as bathing, dressing or feeding, and in-home care such as food preparation and clean up.
  • The majority of you care for your parents or parents-in-law.
  • You are more likely to feel stressed.

For more information visit Caregivers Nova Scotia.

Stats Canada. The Daily: The Sandwich Generation

www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/040928/dq040928b-eng.htm