New Poll: Most Sandwichers Feel Forced to Neglect Either Senior Parents or Children
53% Must Make Hard Choices About Whose Needs Come First
OKLAHOMA CITY/ MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 7, 2008 – Poll results released today reveal that the estimated 20 million¹ Americans who juggle caring for their own children and their aging parents – the Sandwich Generation² – feel forced to make tough choices.
The study, commissioned by Christian Companion Senior Care and Presto Services Inc. and conducted by Harris Interactive,® found that of Sandwichers:
- 53% feel forced to choose between caring for their children or caring for their parents at least once a week
- 20% feel they must choose to care for one or the other EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK
- 40% believe that their parents did a better job of balancing multi-generational caregiving than they do
“No one wants to feel that they must choose between caring for their aging parents or caring for their kids,” said Gary Brown, senior care and Sandwich Generation expert and founder and president of Christian Companion Senior Care. “But the survey indicates that millions of Sandwich Generation Americans are facing these tough, stressful choices every day.”
Solutions for those in the vice grip of competing generational responsibilities are beginning to emerge. Christian Companion Senior Care and Presto Mail service offer solutions for members of the Sandwich Generation to ease their caregiving stress and improve communication with aging parents. Christian Companion is the nation’s first franchised senior care resource that offers practical in-home assistance and spiritual encouragement to enable seniors to live independently at home. Presto – which couples an HP Printing Mailbox and Presto Mail service – enables tech-savvy family members to send email messages, family photos and notes of encouragement as well as daily reminders, medical instructions and more to seniors who aren’t online – saving time and easing some of the stress of caregivers.
“We can’t be everywhere at once, so access to affordable solutions – including technology – is essential for the 25 percent of American households that are involved in caregiving for a senior,³” said Peter Radsliff, a vice president with Presto