5 tips to looking after yourself if you are part of the ‘sandwich generation’

The ‘sandwich generation’ is a term that was first coined by Dorothy Miller in the 1980s to refer to the group of people, and most commonly women, who find themselves responsible both for bringing up their own children (or caring for grandchildren) and caring for ageing parents.


The sandwich generation have parents who require assistance for going about their daily activities and typically don’t want ‘outside’ help (as this is seen as a slippery slope towards losing independence). Concurrently they may have children who have not yet left the family home or grandchildren for whom there is an expectation that regular baby-sitting will be provided.

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