With the number of working Americans caring for an aging parent growing, you might expect that companies would be increasing benefits to help the family caregivers manage these duties. But according to the 2018 Employee Benefits Survey from the Society for Human Resource Management, benefits to help workers care for aging parents were cut or remained flat from 2017 to 2018. Little surprise, then, that many family caregivers are creating their own solutions to balance elder care and work .

In lieu of employer programs to assist them, the family caregivers are working reduced schedules, using personal time to assist their parents, sacrificing sleep, and in some cases, educating their employers about what they need.

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