New Written Resource Helps “Sandwich Generation” Women Achieve Balance

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Family Wealth Advisors Council releases guide to navigating the pressures of simultaneously caring for growing children and aging parents.

Understanding one’s options when it comes to sharing the responsibility of caring for an aging family member is the first step, but there’s a lot more that goes into not losing oneself to the situation.

Millions of American women are serving double duty, caring for both children and aging relatives. This group, dubbed the “Sandwich Generation,” is succumbing to the pressure they feel to care for those they love… and they’re paying the price. Exhaustion, loss of income, financial stress and absence of personal balance are common effects for these caregivers. To help guide this predominantly female population, the Family Wealth Advisory Council has released Caught In The Middle: How Does The Sandwich Generation Woman Not Get Squeezed? by Dennis Stearns and Sharon Allen.

According to the book, a typical Sandwich Generation woman in her 40s or 50s spends at least 20 hours a week raising children and caring for aging family members, often maintaining at least a part-time career as well. Studies have shown that the extreme stress these women are under causes premature aging and can take as much as 20 years off a family caregiver’s life.

“It’s a situation that is becoming more and more common, and one that requires focused proactive planning to be successful,” says co-author Dennis Stearns, president of Stearns Financial Group, a wealth management firm based in Greensboro, NC. “Understanding one’s options when it comes to sharing the responsibility of caring for an aging family member is the first step, but there’s a lot more that goes into not losing oneself to the situation. That’s why we wrote the book—to help this Sandwich Generation find balance.”

Caught in the Middle: How Does The Sandwich Generation Woman Not Get Squeezed? offers proven advice that helps women navigate their individual situations with skill and confidence. Sections include information on preparing for eldercare, tips for putting finances in order, creating a support team and honoring balance.

The Kindle edition of the book is available on Amazon for $2.95, auto-delivered wirelessly. Hard copies of the book can be requested by contacting Libby Stafford at LStafford(at)stearnsfinancial(dot)com. For more information about the book, call Stafford at 336-230-1811.

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