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A Profile of a Sandwiched Employee

"A man who does not leave his hut will bring nothing in." —West African proverb


The Summer 2002 issue of Options, the newsletter of the Work-Life Coalition of San Diego, provides these statistics on employees who are dealing with both child care and elder care issues at the same time:

* 41% of caregivers bear the responsibility for both children and elders. (US Department of Labor)

* A typical employee in this situation devotes more than one working day a week to two elderly parents. (Neal, Hammer, Richard, Isgrigg, Brockwood)

* Members of the sandwich generation are generally between the ages of 35 and 60 years old. (Ceridian)

* 80% of human resource professionals say baby boomers are being crunched by pressures of caring for both parents and children, but 90% say their organization offered no service for elder caregivers beyond referral (Personnel Journal)

* 72% of sandwiched caregivers are women although, in recent years, men are more likely than before to be caregivers. (NAC/AARP)

* Racially, the sandwich generation nearly mirrors the nation as a whole: 75% are white, 11% are African American, 9% are Hispanic American, and 4% are Asian American. (AARP)

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