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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

  • D.

    Expectations and Desires

    • 1.

      Efforts Expected to Increase

As noted earlier, many members of the sandwich generation have children who are young adults and teens. Consequently, one might expect that older boomers hope to reduce the efforts they must devote to taking care of family members. However, instead of expecting the level of effort they will have to put forth over the next five years to care for their family members to go down, they say it will remain the same (43%) or increase (41%) -– reflecting most likely the prospects that their parents will live well into old age.

Figure 6: Family Responsibilities to Increase or Stay the Same

DK/Refuse 2%

Stay the same 43%

Increase 41%

Decrease 15%

Q41. Thinking ahead over the next five years, do you expect your efforts to care for your family members will increase, decrease, or stay the same?

The pattern is consistent across racial and ethnic groups, although there is some variation among different socioeconomic categories. People with the highest levels of incomes and education more often expect heavier demands on behalf of their families. Those who already care for their parents and other older relatives are also the most likely to see more work on the horizon.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 41

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