Sandwich Caregiving

Sandwich Caregiving in the U.S.

The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) in partnership with Caring Across Generations is proud to release Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Sandwich Generation Caregiving in the U.S. This new report illuminates the challenges facing working parents who are providing intergenerational care. More than 11 million Americans (more than a quarter of all caregivers) are caring for an adult family member due to health needs or disability, while also caring for children at home.

Made possible with grant funding from MassMutual Special Care, the report and live cast will be available on Tuesday, November 26, at 9 AM ET. To watch live, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/NA4Caregiving. The report will be available at http://bit.ly/WorkCareSandwich.

MEDIA RELEASE: New Research Shines a Light on a Forgotten Generation – GenX Caregivers ”Sandwiched’ Between Kids and Parents
The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) in partnership with Caring Across Generations released Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Sandwich Generation Caregiving in the U.S. This new report illuminates the challenges facing working parents who are providing intergenerational care. More than 11 million Americans are caring for an adult family member due to health needs or disability, while also caring for children at home.

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National Report on Caregivers of People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Published in September 2019, the full study reports survey feedback from 728 individuals who reported providing unpaid care for someone with IBD. Survey questions related to demographics, caregiving situation, tasks, access to treatment and services, the caregiver’s wellbeing, and their time for outside activities.

National Report & Related Materials

Burning the Candle at Both Ends: Sandwich Generation Caregiving in the U.S.

This national report analyzes data from more than 300 Sandwich Generation caregivers, and compared to non-sandwich caregivers from a nationally representative dataset from the 2015 study, Caregiving in the U.S. (conducted initially by NAC and the AARP Public Policy Institute).

The research firm, Greenwald & Associates, conducted the data analysis with input from a small Advisory Committee of nationally- and internationally-recognized researchers. Dr. Joe Caldwell from Brandeis University, Dr. Feylyn Lewis of the University of Sussex, and Dr. Margaret Longacre of Arcadia University reviewed the data and provided perspectives from their fields of study. The report also includes caregiver vignettes and policy implications drawn from the quantitative findings.

Portrait of a Sandwich Caregiver

A one page infographic illustrating the challenges facing family caregivers who are “sandwiched” between children and others who need help with care or activities of daily living. 

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