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Concerns over eldercare beginning to show up in workplace

Without adequate caregiving support for employees, companies incur millions of dollars of hidden costs. More than half of survey respondents say their supervisors were not as supportive as they needed them to be about their outside-of-work caregiving responsibilities.

An aging population and a trend toward remote work may increase demand for eldercare as a voluntary benefit.

Two-thirds of respondents in the Homethrive 2021 Employee Caregiving Survey said expanding access to home-based care for the elderly is important. This expansion is more popular than free pre-kindergarten and childcare assistance to middle-class families.

Moreover, this concern may affect job performance:

  • 43% of respondents said they are distracted, worried or focused on caregiving five or more hours per week.
  • One in five are distracted at work more than nine hours per week.
  • Nearly 40% said their supervisor either is not aware of their caregiving responsibilities outside of work or aren’t sure if their supervisor is aware.
  • More than half indicated their supervisors were not as supportive as they needed them to be about their outside-of-work caregiving responsibilities.
  • One-third of respondents said their supervisor had noticed a change because it was affecting their performance or because they were noticeably under stress because of their caregiving responsibilities.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day provides an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

This year’s WEAAD theme is “Building Strong Support for Elders.” Many different service providers across disciplines have a role in addressing elder abuse and empowering older adults. Civil legal aid providers and elder rights professionals are well-positioned to provide legal help to older adults who have experienced abuse or maltreatment, by providing individual representation to ensure protection, redress, and ongoing stability. NCLER’s Elder Justice Toolkit contains actionable resources for civil legal aid attorneys and advocates to respond to elder abuse, utilizing trauma-informed and culturally competent strategies.

A multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to addressing elder abuse often provides more effective outcomes for older adults who have experienced abuse. These resources provide additional guidance and support for a wide-range of professionals:

Visit The Elder Justice Toolkit