Couples are starting their families later, so children are often still living at home when the couples are in their 50s. More children return to live at their parent’s house after finishing college. At the same time, grandparents are living longer, with greater physical needs, so they are also moving in with their middle adult-aged children. Often the task of caring for everyone falls on the shoulders of the middle-aged woman in the household.
Briefly discuss three ways in which a middle-aged woman’s social and emotional development may be uniquely stressed in this situation, and offer some suggestions on how she can avoid feeling over-burdened.