Rising life expectancy has led to the growth of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ – men and women who are caregivers to their children of varying ages as well as for one or both parents whilst still managing their own household and work responsibilities. This book considers both the strains and benefits of this position.
Tackling a myriad of issues such as gender, parents and parents-in-law, ethnic differences, residential status, and developing changes in the caregiving relationship such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, this book highlights the complexities of the caregiving relationship. Key chapters also address potential benefits including improved relationships, skill set development and generously giving to another. Expert contributors use examples to illustrate the need for organizations to address increases in caregiving among their employees and develop supportive policies and initiatives. They further show that there is a need at the country level to integrate employees, communities, employers, businesses and levels of government to deal with this increasing trend.
This timely book will prove an indispensible reference for academics and students interested in the sandwich generation, caregiving and health. Its practical approach will also benefit human resource management professionals, managers dealing with sandwiched employees and health administrators at various levels of government.
‘While the “sandwich generation” is not a new term, this volume brings a fresh perspective and new data to an increasingly important topic. By showing that multigenerational caregiving is now a global and cross-cultural phenomenon – significantly impacted by the worldwide aging of the population and the financial insecurity of the younger generation – Burke and Calvano draw our attention to the complexities involved. They effectively demonstrate that these issues impact not only families, but also workplaces and governments, and that all three groups must work collaboratively to address the challenges of caring for the most vulnerable in our society. This book is a "must read" for caregivers, business leaders, and policy makers!’
– Ann Bookman, University of Massachusetts, Boston, US
Contributors: S. Austen, R.J. Burke, L.M. Calvano, C.E. Greaves, T. Jefferson, N.L. Jimmieson, J.R.Keene, A.H. Kim, S.M. LoboPrabhu, N. Mandell, A. Mitra, V.A. Molinari, A. Ollier-Malterre, R. Ong, S.L. Parker, A.H. Prokos, C. Reinicke, C.W. Rudolph, R. Sharp, P. Ulmanen, S.I. White Means, T. Yamashita, H. Zacher.
Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Emeritus Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada and Lisa M. Calvano, Associate Professor of Management, College of Business and Public Management, West Chester University, US.