The Sandwich Generation: Adult Children Caring for Aging Parents

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Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Social Science - 138 pages
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This collection will present works that offer illuminating perspectives on the remarkably diverse Asian American populations of the United States. As a population that is neither black nor white, the range of experiences of these groups, many of whom arrived as refugees, presents other perspectives on the cultural mosaic that constitutes the United States. Studies of Asian Americans sheds light on issues related to immigration, refugee policy, transnationalism, return migration, cultural citizenship, ethnic communities, community building, identity and group formation, panethnicity, race relations, gender and class, entrepreneurship, employment, representation, politics, adaptation, and acculturation. The writings in this collection are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines to provide a broad and informative array of insights on these fascinating and diverse populations.The sandwich generation is a sociological term for adult children who care for their aging parents, and who still have children at home. This book examines the factors contributing to this phenomenon, the possible ways to alleviate the burden placed upon the sandwich generation, and what the future of the family will be like if current trends continue.The family unit is experiencing enormous pressures when confronted with the long-term care of aging parents. Medical costs, reduction of income, nursing homes, loss of independence, Alzheimer's Disease, and other issues confront the elderly today. Adult children who step into this arena to help often find that they are in for an emotional and financial roller-coaster. Statistics indicate that the average person retiring at age 65 has less than $250 in the bank. Tocomplicate this problem, the primary caregivers tend to be women who are in their fifties and who find themselves facing 18 years of caring for aging parents or parents-in-law.This study shows that this situation is going
 

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Contents

WHOS RESPONSIBLE
25
MULTIPLE
53
AVIABLEMINISTRY?
73
CONCLUSION AND ANALYSIS
93
APPENDICES
101
There
107
1988
117
BIBLIOGRAPHY
127
INDEX
135
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