The term describes "three generations bound by caring", as described on the official website of the Sandwich Generation, which notes its annual commemorative month:
The annual recognition of Sandwich Generation Month is every July, with organizations and communities throughout the United States holding events to raise awareness of and provide support for members of the sandwich generation.
Free Planner’s Toolkits are available for download, so hospitals, advocacy groups, etc. can plan their own events. * * *
- Traditional: those sandwiched between aging parents who need care and/or help and their own children.
- Club Sandwich: those in their 50s or 60s sandwiched between aging parents, adult children and grandchildren, or those in their 30s and 40s, with young children, aging parents and grandparents.
- Open Faced: anyone else involved in elder care.
- Dr. Linda Rhodes, a former Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging -- author of Finding Your Way: A Practical Guide for Family Caregivers, and recipient of two National Mature Media Awards for her book and weekly newspaper column, Our Parents, Ourselves, appearing every Monday in The Patriot-News.
- Lesley Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor -- a licensed professional counselor at Pinnacle Health, and
- Eliza Booth, 33, of Lancaster, PA -- a woman caring for three generations, including her own children at home, and also a disabled brother and an elderly mother in another house.