Published on: November 14, 2013
by The Journal:
Women aged 50-69 with children and living parents are providing care to both groups, a new study shows.
The ‘Longitudinal Study on Ageing’ report finds that 58 per cent of ‘sandwich generation’ women give help to their parents, while 83 per cent give help to their children. Almost half of this group are providing care and support while also in employment.
In detail, the study found:
The authors of the study found there was an impact on women’s health from that having to provide such support, but that it varied by the type of support given. Providing financial support to children was associated with “improved self-rated health,” while providing financial support to parents was associated with increased depression.
Providing practical household support for adult children was also associated with increased depression.
According to lead author Dr Christine McGarrigle: “The impact of financial giving on mental health could be the result of a number of different factors.
“We found that women who gave financial help to their parents were twice as likely to also provide personal care, like dressing, bathing and feeding their parents. Thus the depression experienced by these women may reflect both the financial strain and the stress of informal caring for parents.
“Alternatively depression could be associated with the reduction in savings as a result of the need to provide financial support to parents, and subsequent worry among the sandwich generation women about their ability to provide for themselves and both their parents and children in the future.”
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