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USA Today Examines Role Of Employer, Stress On Elder Care

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USA Today on Tuesday published two articles on issuesrelated to elder care as part of a five-day series. Headlines andsummaries appear below.

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Economic Impact

Elder caregivers contribute the equivalent of $354 billion annually tothe economy through their voluntary services but do so at a high costto themselves and their employers, according to an AARP survey released on Monday, the Baltimore Sunreports. According to the survey, which estimated the number ofcaregivers at 34 million in 2006, more than 80% reported that theyarrived late or left early from work or took leave during the day.

Thesurvey also found that about 41% of caregivers had to take leaves ofabsence from work and that 37% had to switch from full-time topart-time status. More than one-third of caregivers had to leave workpermanently, according to the survey. The survey estimated thatcaregivers had an economic impact on employers of as much as $33.6billion (Baltimore Sun, 6/26).

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