You might even belong to both groups. If you have a parent with early-onset Alzheimer's, for example, the disease can strike when the patient is in his or her fifties or sixties. Strokes and accidents can happen at any age. The relative might not even be a parent--it could be an aunt, uncle, or neighbor.
So if you belong to the "sandwich generation", your life can be hectic, to say the least. Along with the doctor visits and the monitoring of medication and the renovation of your newly-accessible house, you are also dealing with curfews and crying and homework and rehearsals. And what's this you say? You have a job, too?
Employees miss a lot of work as they help their parents, plus they're often stressed, distracted, or depressed. Many employers have instituted some type of elder care assistance in the workplace, from referral services to support groups to insurance plans.
If your employer offers some type of assistance, take advantage of it. If not, there are still lots of resources out there to help you. You might find some help close to home by searching online in your own state or community. Here are just a few general resources I found:
USA.gov Caregiver Resources
Elder Care directory
AARP Caregiving Resource Center