Working Caregivers

Are You a Caregiver of a Family Member?

Are You Holding Down a Job?

It’s tough isn’t it!

If you are caring for a relative, particularly one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, you know that caregiving is a resource-intensive responsibility.  Your time, energy and financial resources are diverted from your normal activities to caring for your family member or friend. Caregiving is especially taxing on those who are also engaged in paid employment - a balancing act that often results in higher levels of work-life conflict, emotional strain as well as declines in physical and mental health. 

Caregiving can also negatively impact an employer’s bottom line due to absenteeism and lost productivity costs. If it were not for family caregivers, the cost of eldercare could overwhelm the public health care system.       


The National Survey on Balancing Work, Family and Caregiving    In September, 2014 the Canadian government announced a collaborative research program focused on tackling the challenge of dementia and other neurodegenerative illnesses.  A research team from this Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) has been tasked with the design and administration of a nation-wide survey of employed caregivers.  The research results will increase awareness at both the public policy and employer level of the challenges faced by those seeking to combine work, caregiving and perhaps childcare and make the business case for change.

How can you help? If you are a caregiver who is also employed, please tell us about your experiences by completing the survey at:   The survey  will take about 45-60 minutes. Your responses are anonymous, and will be kept in confidence by the researchers. Only summary results will be reported in publications or presentations.  

If you have other family members, friends or acquaintances that would be willing to participate in this important study please share the survey link. For more information click here or contact the researchers at Sprott School of Business, Carleton University via email at or

Last Updated: 04/24/15
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