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Aging population, Older people -- Services for, Caregivers


This paper provides an overview of the issues associated with working caregivers. We will examine the social and demographic trends influencing the growth of this group, their characteristics and their contributions to elders, and the consequences of caregiving for caregivers and their work. Next, we will briefly describe the various employer-initiated programs currently in place to support working caregivers and the evolution of these programs, followed by federal and state governments’ response to working caregivers, to date. The remainder of the paper details the potential role of the aging network in better supporting working caregivers, including current best practices and other possible strategies. We offer tips for getting started, including ideas and recommendations for internal program consideration, and tips for working with the business community.


Program Development Issue Brief commissioned by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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