Caregiving & Aging


Balancing Work and Family Care of Older Persons

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), there has been a steady decrease in the proportion of U.S. employers offering programs that help employees balance work and eldercare responsibilities.  In response to this issue, UW-Extension Family Living Programs have developed educational programs, tools and resources that are available for use to employers.  Balancing Care and Home contains tools and resources that will help employed caregivers and their employers.

Employed Caregiver Survey

Click here to visit the Employed Caregiver Survey.

In response to the growing number of employed caregivers in the United States, UW-Extension Family Living colleagues from six Wisconsin counties developed the “Employed Family Caregiver Survey.”  The survey helps employers assess how many caregivers they have employed and gives the employer information needed to determine how this affects their organization and what options they might want to consider.  For the employees the survey assists people in identifying themselves as caregivers, categorizes caregiver needs and preferred methods of addressing them.  Overall, the survey helps facilitate the process of balancing work and caregiving for both the employee and the employer.

Work and Eldercare Videos

View videos on work and edlercare Issues. These short videos address “employed caregiving” concerns related to care given to elderly family members by persons who are also employed.  The primary objective of these videos is to help employers create work environments that are supportive of families and households simultaneously engaged in work and elder care.

Aging-Friendly Communities Information

The fact that more people are living longer makes it important for communities where they live to become “aging-friendly”.  This survey focuses on fourteen areas of community living that affect the quality of life of older persons.  Listed for each area are several characteristics of an “aging-friendly” community.  Click to visit Aging Friendly Communities.

UW-Extension Caregiving Educational Programs

  • Powerful Tools
  • What Every Adult Child Should Know
  • Adult Children, Aging Parents
  • Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?