‘Sandwich generation’ suffers

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MORE and more people in Sheffield are caring for elderly parents while also bringing up their own children, new research has found.

Members of the so-called ‘sandwich generation’ are being forced to look after their parents because they cannot afford to pay expensive care fees, a survey by care provider Audley found.

The company asked 1,000 Sheffield residents with children under 18 and parents over 70 about their experiences.

One third of those questioned said their parents could not afford care, and nine per cent said they supplemented their parents’ income.

Some 40 per cent help with housework and 52 per cent do shopping. One fifth said their own health is deteriorating as a result.