Caregiving may hurt career

Alan Wu

April 11, 2011

Millions of adult children are caring for their parents around the world and may be juggling a job at the same time. A new study conducted at the University of Guelph in Ontario and the University of Alberta recently analyzed data from a 2007 Canada survey to find out if these responsibilities could affect the arch of an overall career.

Researchers found that 37 percent of women and 28 percent of men were unpaid caregivers and nearly half were watching over two or more seniors.

"While caregiving is a positive experience for many, people often have to miss work or reduce work hours and forgo job opportunities to provide care," Professor Donna Lero said in a release. "This has economic costs for caregivers, their families and employers."

Those who often find themselves staying at home during work hours to better care for an older parent may want to invest in amedical alarm system. This device can enables seniors to immediately send a personal emergency response message if they require assistance.

Caregivers often miss work and can't focus as well when they are in the office. This study highlights the fact that lawmakers and employers should make more efforts to accommodate the need of these employees.