In many countries, family caregivers bear the brunt of the responsibility for tending to the needs of their elderly relatives.  The cost to the family caregiver is substantial, not only in financial terms but in terms of the health of the caregiver.  And the cost to employers because of absenteeism, workplace disruptions and reduced work status is estimated to be between US$17.1 and US$33.5 billion per year in the USA.

MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving recently released their latest study, Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care Costs, focusing on how caregiving, employer health costs and employer-sponsored wellness benefits intersect.

The findings of the study indicate that health care costs for family caregivers is about 8% higher than that of non-caregiving employees, potentially costing US employers an extra US$13.4 billion per year.

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