Employed Caregivers - Council on Aging

There are over 34 million unpaid caregivers of older adults in the U.S., and the number is rising. Six-in-ten (60%) of caregivers are employed, including nearly half who work full-time. 

The Case for Caregiving

Eldercare Findings in Brief

Click the link above to read about why employers should support employee caregivers.

Those ages 45 to 64 are the most likely to be caregivers. In fact, 23% of adults in this age group care for an aging parent, spouse or other adult. 
Studies show the average cost to employers is $2,110 per year per working caregiver in lost productivity, and caregiving employees have 8% higher healthcare costs than non-caregiving employees.
Often sandwiched between caring for children and aging relatives, working caregivers need trusted information, guidance and support. A growing number of employers recognize this need and are enhancing benefits and policies to create a more caregiver friendly workplace. 

The Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee offers services and resources that can help. 



  • Information and referral services (by phone, in-person or online): Call COA at 615-353-4235 or email info@coamidtn.org. For nationwide assistance call Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. 


Aging & Caring: A Guide for Families & Caregivers© is a comprehensive resource designed to give families a starting point for caregiving for aging loved ones.

Caregivers can receive a complimentary copy of Aging & Caring: A Guide for Families & Caregivers© thanks to support from Cigna HealthSpring.
To obtain a copy of the guidebook, please visit our office or call the Council on Aging at 615-353-4235. There is $4.00 postage fee for mailing.


The Directory of Services for Seniors© is a listing of services for seniors  important to seniors and their families.

Preparing and Planning for Life’s Final Chapter is a guide to end of life care planning with practical considerations about end of life care options, clarification about important documents, and guidance on communicating decisions with friends, family, and medical professionals.

Empowering Grandparents Front Cover ONLY

Empowering Grandparents: A Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a booklet addressing the needs of these caregivers by providing specific information, resources and support to assist in grandparents in this role.

Kayse at COA table

Community Outreach Presentations and Booths

COA staff and expert volunteers are available to make presentations on topics relevant to Aging in the Workplace. Contact the COA office for more information.