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squished into the sandwich generation

Caregiverzone.com is an example of all those new web sites geared towards senior issues. It's trying to paint a picture of the political climate for seniors by printing stories on the repeal of the social security earnings limits and on elder people rejoining the work force, and on legislation to lower drug prescription costs.... CNN interviewed the founder, Stacey Matzkevich.... and it's all to assist this generation that's taking care of one and two parents while moving towards retirement age. The first wave will take early retirement in 2008. Everybody's saying the same thing. People are living longer, people are having their kids later, and the generation in the
middle is ending up taking care of everybody.

I'm a part of this sandwich generation, and with all the good news, and the new legislation, and the increased life spans, I'm still amazed at the difficulty of being on the front lines day to day trying to take care of parents while holding down jobs, raising kids, paying on mortgages. I'm not
whining, but is this the first time in history that one generation has had to be the primary caregiver for the generation before it and the generation behind it? Or does it just seem that way because it's happening to everybody I know? Does anybody have any predictions about what "families" will look like in twenty years? Are we headed back towards homes full of extended
family members?

Interested in other views,
James Simon
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