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Paid leave for caregivers of adults with dementia is charting new territory in the workplace

November 28, 2018 / Valerie Bolden-Barrett

Although paid family and medical leave benefits help caregivers of family members with Alzheimer's or dementia, less than half of adult caregivers reported accessing the benefit in a new study by UsAgainstAlzheimer's, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the diseases. The organization commissioned national research firm Public Opinion Strategies to conduct an online survey of working caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's or another category of dementia. The study showed also that among the 10 million millennial caregivers in the U.S., 15% looks after someone with Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. Other key findings in the study show that just slightly more than 50% of the working adult caregivers whose employers provide paid medical and family leave said they use it. Six in 10 caregivers reported having money-related problems from being unable to work or having to curtail the number of hours they can work while a loved one was sick. More than a q...