A detour for millennials: care



For baby boomers who are concerned about every aspect of their children's lives, there is another concern here: your children can become their caregivers while coping with the pressure of young adulthood. According to a report by the AARP Public Policy Institute, a quarter of the 40 million carers in the United States are millennials who are between their early 20s and late 30s.

These caregivers are members of an aging expert, Gretchen Alkemathe Panini generation calls: "You feel the heat and feel depressed."

They differ from the typical middle-aged caregiver in the so-called sandwich generation, she said.

"Millennials are just starting out – they're building their careers and starting their families," said Dr. Alkema, Vice President of Politics and Communication at the SCAN Foundation, which grants grants for projects related to aging. Your responsibility could make it difficult for you to assert yourself on the business ladder, she said.

A change in the family structure is one reason for the large number of millennial caregivers, said Dr. Alkema. "Boomers had their children later in life than their own parents, and they had fewer children to provide for," she said.

In addition, many boomers are divorced and unmarried, leaving care to their children, not a spouse, she said. And these younger supervisors According to a survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research funded by SCAN, men are more common than older carers.

Younger caregivers spend an average of 21 hours a week doing these tasks, usually for parents, grandparents, or close friends, according to AARP. And more than half do tasks as difficult as bathing or using the toilet and preparing injections.

The long-term consequences can be serious Susan Reinhard, Senior Vice President of AARP and Director of the Public Policy Institute. During several dinners that the institute had held over the past year, many millennial caregivers said that her family responsibilities had limited her options for employment and children, she said.