July Celebrates the Sandwich Generation

July Fireworks WoodstockWe usher in the month of July with a bang, celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, family and fun. But did you know that July also celebrates a growing segment of the US population?

That’s right, the Sandwich Generation, defined as “Three Generations Bound by Caring,” consists of adults – often Boomers – who care for their own children as well as their aging parents. And July is officially “Sandwich Generation Month,” with events and awareness campaigns that recognize this often-ignored segment of the community.

According to the Pew Research Center*, nearly 1 of every 8 Americans aged 40 to 60 is both raising a child and caring for a parent, in addition to nearly 7 million adults caring for aging parents long-distance.

Further statistics provided by the US Census Bureau indicate that by 2030, more than 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65!

While the “Sandwich Population” was largely invisible just a few years ago, its rapidly growing numbers have spurred opportunities to connect with others for support, suggestions and sharing.

The Sandwich Generation Group, in conjunction with its sponsors, has launched a “Connections” board, making it easier for family members and caregivers to locate and acquire personal living equipment for aging adults or those with disabilities.  http://www.sandwichgenerationmonth.com/connections.php

Sharing is easy, too, in a community where neighbors have similar lifestyle experiences. Each Windsong community was designed with the active Boomer in mind, with low-maintenance features and home designs that maximize accessibility, minimize hassles and provide opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle. Members of the Sandwich Generation find Windsong communities the perfect places to relax and savor time spent with friends, neighbors and multiple generations of family!

Welcome home to Windsong  – Where Life’s A Breeze!

*The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The center conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. It does not take positions on policy issues.

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