By Kate Wolin | Chief Science Officer | Interactive Health
A CDC report in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association predicted that the number of US adults ages 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias will rise from 5 million, or 1.6% of the population in 2014, to 13.9 million, or 3.3% of the population in 2060.
This is further evidence that caregiving is an increasingly important issue, particularly for those considered part of the sandwich generation. According to the Pew Research Center, one of every eight adults between 40 and 60 is caring for both an aging parent and a child. These increased demands contribute to employee stress levels, lost productivity and missed days of work.
Many employers already recognize that recruiting and retaining the best employees often means offering benefits to spouses and dependents. By providing programs and services for caregiving employees, employers play a key role in further strengthening workplace cultures that aim to care for the whole employee.