According to a 2013 nationwide Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends report entitled ‘The Sandwich Generation’:

  • ·         Almost half of adults (47%) in their 40s and 50s have a parent age 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child (age 18 or older).
  • ·         42% of Generation Xers have parent age 65 or older and a dependent child, compared with 33% of Boomers.
  • ·         About one-in-seven middle-aged adults (15%) is providing financial support to both an aging parent AND a child.
  • ·         Married adults are more likely than unmarried adults to be sandwiched between their parents and their children and 36% of those who are married fall into the sandwich generation.
  • ·         Sandwich generation adults who were surveyed claim to be just as happy with their lives overall as are other adults. Some 31% say they are very happy with their lives, and an additional 52% say they are pretty happy.
  • ·         31% say they always feel rushed even to do the things they have to do.
  • ·         38% of those surveyed say both their grown children and their parents rely on them for emotional support.
  • ·         Among all adults with at least one parent age 65 or older, 30% say their parent or parents need help to handle their affairs or care for themselves.
  • ·         Nearly half (48%) of middle-aged adults are providing some level of support to grown children
  • ·         75% of all adults surveyed claim it is a responsibility to provide financial assistance to a senior parent in need
  • ·         More affluent adults, those with annual household incomes of $100,000 or more, are more likely than less affluent adults to be in the sandwich generation.
  • ·         According to a separate Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trend report, 29% of women are stay-at-home mothers which means over 70% are working outside of the home.

According to the US Census Bureau 2014 population report:

  • ·         In 2050, the number of Americans age 65 or older is projected to be 83.7 million, almost double its estimated population of 43.1 million in 2012.

According to Jack Duckett, Consumer Lifestyle Analyst at Mintel in an April 2015 article on

  •  76% of ‘Sandwichers’ currently in employment and 51% claiming they don’t have much free time for themselves, rising to 61% of those aged 35-44. In addition, two in five (39%) of this generation say they’ve had to take time out of work to look after their parents, their partner’s parents, or their children in the past year. 
  • 27% of this generation indicate they would be interested in greater workplace flexibility and 23% indicate they would like more healthcare advice about how to look after ageing parents.
  • Of United Kingdom adults who support both parents and children, 71% of men say they maintain the well being of their parents or their partner’s parents compared to 65% of women, whilst a third (32%) of men say they provide financial help compared to just over a quarter (27%) of women.
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