“Stuck in the Middle” of adulthood…
A large portion of middle aged adults (defined as ages 40-65 in the psychological sciences) find themselves “sandwiched” as some point in this phase of their lives. Read about the “Sandwich Generation” here —> Pew Research Center <— and consider the following:
- Discuss two burdens the Sandwich Generation faces on a daily basis.
- As the Baby Boomer generation (birth years: 1944-1964) ages and fills less of the “sandwich” (as many of their own parents have already passed away and their children are now grown), what unique challenges or benefits do you predict may impact the growing numbers of Generations Xers (birth years: 1965-1979) and Millenials (birth years: 1980-1997) who occupy this space?
- Take a moment to consider the mental health of this age group. Middle aged adults are diagnosed more so than any other age group with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Share a mental health resource (website, hotline, local facility, etc.) that can offer assistance to those in need.
Write a short answer response of about 1-2 paragraphs (minimum 150 words) about it.