Elder Care at Work

By: Audrey Miller MSW, RSW, CCRC, CCLCP
The HR Professional December 2008

While much of the HR world has been fixated on baby boomer retirement plans, there’s another issue facing this generation of workers that employers should be considering: elder care.

Many baby boomers now face the prospect of caring for both children and aging parents or loved ones. According to Statistics Canada, in 2002, there were more than two million people 45 years and over who reported providing informal care to seniors. Almost 20 per cent of both women and men aged 45 and over reported giving care to one or more seniors with a long-term health problem and, among currently employed caregivers, as many as one in five women and one in 10 men could retire sooner than planned because of caregiving responsibilities.

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