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The 'sandwich generation' faces pressure as the world ages — here are 3 tips to prevent burnout

The WHO estimates that people aged 60+ will be approximately 22% of the global population by 2050.
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People are living longer now than ever before. As medical technology advances and medicines become more effective, mortality rates have also fallen.

While this is a major success for humanity, signaling that our work to improve the quality of life has paid off in creating greater longevity, it leads to another problem: caregiver burnout.

Caregiving labor is expensive and unaffordable for many families. Additionally, in many Asian societies, it is commonly valued for families to keep elderly loved ones at home and personally care for them as they age.

"We have observed in clinical settings that these caregiving adults are at risk of caregiver burnout, and experience a sense of vulnerability as they realize they would also be going through an aging process in the next 20-30 years of their lives," John Wong, director of the National University of Singapore's Mind Science Center, told CNBC Make It.

The World Health Organization<