Sandwich Generation: Older women, caring for the nation's old and young
This August 2013 report by the Institute for Public Policy Research identifies older women (in their fifties and sixties) as the nations carers, juggling caring with paid employment.
This report identifies older women as as key providers of informal care for younger and older family members, often to the detriment of their own employment. 17% of women had given up paid work in order to carry out their caring responsibilities. This in the context of rising state pension age and the importance for women, traditionally in lower paid occupations, to continue to work to support their families and boost eventual pension entitlement. The report suggests that older women remain invisible to policy makers and urges government to do more to promote flexible working and 'carers leave' to help older women balance their work and care responsibilities.