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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

Coping:

  • Like others between the ages of 45 and 55, white members of the sandwich generation (62%) most frequently mention faith or prayer, their religious institutions, and their siblings (45%) as the greatest sources of help in coping with caring for others.

  • White women are more likely than white men to turn to different sources of help—spiritual and community institutions, and family and friends—when caring for older relatives. Women are the most likely to proactively seek ways to make it easier to provide care.

  • In the past five years, and in proportions similar to those among other racial and ethnic groups, many whites set aside personal time to do things they want so they can better care for family members (49%). Similarly, white older boomers took off work time to help care for family members (43%).

  • Others got family members to pitch in to help care for older relatives (33%), reduced the amount of time they worked at their jobs (17%), or hired an aide, nanny, nurse, maid or other help (13%). Interestingly, whites seem to be the only racial or ethnic group for which there is no gender gap with respect to these issues.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 94

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