In a piece by Jody Gastfriend featured in the Harvard Business Review, she discusses the struggle between commitment to work and caregiving. She notes that her situation is no different from others in the sandwich generation, situated between caring for her own children as well as her aging parents.
She notes, “Like many caregivers, I was in the workforce – while sandwiched between the needs of my kids and aging parents. Along with 65.7 million Americans, I was part of a large contingent of people who provide 80% of long-term care in this country. Most of us don’t even identify ourselves as caregivers; just good daughters, sons, mothers, and fathers trying to do our best, yet constantly feeling like we are falling short of doing an adequate job of anything.” Gastfriend also comments on the impact caregiving has on employers and their bottom line.
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