The Sandwich Generation

A film by Julie Winokur  |  Photographs by Ed Kashi


EDITOR'S NOTE: Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi's The Sandwich Generation is an honest look at the difficult decision of having your elderly parent move in with your family. This work documents Julie's commitment to her father as well as the strain it can have on her own family. It's not always pretty, but it's honest and loving and a true definition of what family is.


83-year-old Herb Winokur moved in with his daughter, Julie Winokur, and her family in March 2006. Herb suffers from dementia. Filmmaker Julie Winokur and her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi, were faced with difficult choices and overwhelming responsibility as members of the Sandwich Generation: people who are caught between aging parents and young children. With one out of every four Americans caring for an older relative, the ranks of the Sandwich Generation are growing rapidly.

The resulting film, The Sandwich Generation, is an emotionally charged account of family caregiving, where Winokur and Kashi expose their personal lives with unflinching candor. They uprooted their two children and their business in order to move 3,000 miles cross-country to care for Herb.


The Sandwich Generation

Millions of middle-aged Americans are caring for their children as well as their aging parents. When filmmaker-photographer pair Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi took in Winokur's 83-year-old father, they decided to document their own story. See the project at