Jul 222011

Many people migrate to the U.S. seeking the American dream.  For some, that dream can be to own a home, open a business or having financial stability to support a family.

Whatever your dream may be, one thing is the same for all (unless you win the lottery); you will spend almost your whole life working to pay the price of that dream.  For some, that includes paying not only their own needs, but that of their kids and that of their aging parents. 

A recent article I encountered points out, this is known as the “sandwich generation”.  The term, as stated in the KUHF Business News article, refers to people who are in a position having to care for both their aging parents and young children, while still having to provide for themselves.  Among Latinos, more than half say they are expected to help assist their parents through their elderly years. 

From previous studies, we know Latinos outlive other ethnic groups in the U.S. yet the retirement age is the same for all. Latinos who take on the responsibility of caring for the eldercare needs of their parents may have to live as part of the sandwich generation longer than other ethnic groups.   

This will also continue the trend of Latinos living in a multi-general household. Possibly even maintaining Spanish as the language spoken at home if grandparents are around.  Not to mention, maintaining tradition and culture from one generation to the next with more ease.