Video tutorial: Dr Peter Mills of Cigna on why the sandwich generation struggles with wellbeing

The growing sandwich generation - those who are looking after or are supporting both their children and their ageing parents - are struggling with wellbeing and need more help, according to Dr Peter Mills, European medical director of Cigna Employee Solutions.

“It’s not just a small co-hort of individuals it’s a significant proportion of your working generation,” he told delegates at the REBA Employee Wellbeing Congress 2019.

In the most recent Cigna 360 survey, he said that there had been an increase in stress and mental health with money worries and concerns about healthcare also impacting relationships. These stresses were even worse for the sandwich generation, he said.

While private medical insurance helps to relieve some of those stresses he said that access to a corporate wellbeing programme was also important. Flexible working was also key for the sandwich generation, he said. “It’s that flexibility of when you work and how you work.”

"There are some real tangible things you can do to address the needs that this sandwich generation have." 

This video was recorded at the REBA Employee Wellbeing Congress 2019, held in London on 20 June.

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