July 2012: Sandwich Generation MonthWHEREAS, the sandwich generation, a term officially added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2006, refers to a generation of people, typically in their 40s and 50s, who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children; and,
WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, statistics indicate that the number of Americans aged 65 or older will double to more than 70 million by the year 2030; and,
WHEREAS, for some adult children already caring for young children of their own, becoming a caregiver can be a difficult role to assume; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we raise awareness of the special needs and community support available to members of the sandwich generation and those working hard to maintain their multi-generational families; we encourage Michigan citizens to learn more about how they can ensure their loved ones are afforded the most protection and financial security in their later years;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2012 as Sandwich Generation Month in Michigan.