Definition of sandwich generation in US English:

sandwich generation


  • A generation of people, typically in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents.

    • ‘One of the most important things we have to look at is ‘the sandwich generation.’’
    • ‘The chief executive of Carers UK said there were more women trying to juggle responsibility for parents and children at the same time: ‘We call them the sandwich generation: they are being squidged from both ends.’’
    • ‘They often are referred to as the sandwich generation because they are caught between taking care of their elderly parents and their own children or their children's children.’
    • ‘Another leader explained that their agenda is ‘about survival, about rights over water, natural gas and land; and about coca, the sandwich generation, the retirees, and the small land and business owners.’’
    • ‘From adult children of alcoholics to adult children of parents who love too much, many of us in the sandwich generation become overwhelmed with the task of managing our extended families.’
    • ‘I look at money through a three-generational lens because, like many baby-boom sisters, I'm a member of the sandwich generation.’
    • ‘Because the problem isn't going way: the sandwich generation is having a hard time taking care of both their children and their elderly parents.’
    • ‘On a brighter side, sandwich generation grandparents are valuable as surrogate parents, keepers of the family ties, and as transmitters of culture, facts that could be valuable resources for schools.’
    • ‘Employers will have a hard time resisting the sandwich generation's demands because fewer people are entering the work force each year.’
    • ‘The so-called sandwich generation is composed of 25,000 workers who are being denied benefits as a result of pension reforms instituted in the 1990s that left them out.’
    • ‘Additional stress is present for the sandwich generation with growing families and disabled parents.’
    • ‘Some sandwich generation members are responsible for three or four sets of elderly relatives’
    • ‘Lucky to have had an upbringing that was more liberal and which has made them more narcissistic and self-focussed, they did not have to chafe against rigid parental control, unlike their parents, the sandwich generation.’