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The needs of three generations and solutions to resolve their stresses are covered here.

Lisa and Bruce both have careers. They have a teen-age son, a college student daughter, a recently divorced daughter with a one-year-old child, and an elderly mother who needs an increasing amount of caregiving, all living in the same household. They are classic members of the sandwich generation.

In the 1990s, people live longer, they postpone marriage, more children are living at home to go to college, and an increasing number of adult children are returning home after a divorce or loss of job. Consequently, larger numbers of mid-life couples feel caught in the middle between the demands of their aging parents and those of their own children. These are couples and individuals between the ages of 45 and 65 who assumed their children would grow up, leave home, and live as independent, self-supporting adults.