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AARP Multicultural Survey July 2001

2. Coping

We also asked sandwich generation members how they help themselves to take care of their older relatives. Table 31 presents the results. In the past five years, 43 percent of older boomers have taken time off from their own jobs, and some (17%) have reduced the amount of time they work. Those more likely to make such sacrifices are, again, Hispanics and Asian Americans, younger people, and foreign-born baby boomers. Seventy-two percent of working caregivers report that their employers allow them to adjust their work schedule to care for family members.

A third of this cohort call on other family to pitch in, and half have set aside personal time for themselves so they can better care for others. Very few (13%), however, have hired someone, such as an aide or nurse.

As one might expect, older boomers most frequently need to rearrange their own lives when their older parents or in-laws have moved into their home. Similarly, those who have taken responsibility for their eldercare or provide financial support for elders are the most likely to feel a variety of effects, particularly a need to take time off work.

Prepared for AARP by Belden Russonello & Stewart and Research/Strategy/Management Page 61

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