Britain’s 1.3 million stressed “sandwich generation”

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New figures from the Office for National Statistics1 estimate that there are 1.3 million people in the UK carrying a twin responsibility to care for younger and older members of their family.

Two thirds of “sandwich carers” (62%) are women; the peak carer age is about 45; and one in five (19%) spend 20 hours or more each week providing care. This population is more likely to be dissatisfied with their life; more likely to experience symptoms of poor mental health and more likely to be struggling financially.

These are just a few of the reasons why Aviva is committed to supporting its employees who are carrying twin responsibilities by providing targeted support for carers and introducing a new “mid-life MOT” for those aged 45 and over.

Commenting, Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings and Retirement at Aviva said:

"As life expectancy increases and more women have children later in life, we can expect the pressures on the “sandwich generation” to grow.

Today’s evidence of this generation’s mid-life stress echoes previous insights that suggest our anxiety peaks and our happiness slumps as we progress through our 40s and 50s.2

In 2019 Aviva will launch a new “mid-life-MOT” for its employees aged 45 and over – providing guidance on how to manage our wealth, work and wellbeing as we progress through what can be the most challenging time in our lives.3

Age should be no barrier to opportunity. Our carers policy 4 and our mid-life-MOT are steps in this direction."


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