First let’s define “Club Sandwich Generation.”

From here are some examples:

  • A grandmother caring for grandchildren while the parents work.
  • Grandparents providing after-school care for grandchildren while caring for sick husbands or wives.
  • A woman taking care of her elderly mother while also caring for her grandchildren after school while her husband has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Women caring for a grown child who has fallen ill or has a developmental disability, while also caring for an aging parent and spouse or sibling.

    Family generations cooking together

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If you find yourself in this situation, gives these tips:

  • Caring for oneself can protect health and well-being and avoid the illnesses that can develop from stress and fatigue.
  • Practicing good nutrition, even on busy days, and getting a good night’s sleep are priorities.
  • It can be impossible to take a day off or schedule a spa day, but eating and sleeping well are critical to maintaining the strength and health needed to remain a caregiver.
  • Also, consider a geriatric care manager. “Trained professionals that can help with health care, housing, financial and legal issues, referrals, care plans, transitions of care and more.”

(Source: What is the Club Sandwich Generation? –


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