Supporting Employees in the Workplace

Employer Support for Older Employees and Family and Caregivers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

A worksite wellness program is an employee-centered approach to improve health outcomes, health behaviors, productivity and morale for all employees in the workplace regardless of age. Wellness programs should include strategies that promote and support the health, safety, physical activity and overall well-being for employees both young and old.

Activities for Older Adults

The economy puts great pressure on workers’ families and their retirement plans, often forcing older workers to postpone retirement and stay in the workforce longer. When planning an employee wellness program, it is important to keep in mind activities that will support your aging population in the workplace.

Caring for Caregivers

In addition to the aging workforce, employers also need to be aware of the unique stresses faced by employees who may be the primary caregiver for an older adult. The emotional, physical and financial toll can impact a caregiver’s work performance. It’s important for employers to have resources readily available for caregivers in order to fend off burnout and provide them with the support they need to maintain a healthy work and life balance.

Providing a support and educational program at work for caregivers can be a great solution. Programs should be accessible to all employees, respect privacy and be provided by qualified and trained professionals. There are four important areas to include in any caregiver program: facts, flexibility, finance, and friendship.