This webinar focuses on a growing business issue: Caregivers as employees in the higher education workforce. This session will focus on how to support faculty and staff dealing with these issues and how to recruit and retain faculty and staff who are dealing with these issues. This webinar is sponsored by HERC Trustee Level Partner, LifeCare.

Caregiving can take a toll on employees, businesses, and institutions of higher education:
• Caregiving costs the U.S. economy $25.2 billion in lost productivity.
• Nearly one-third of working caregivers miss at least six work days each year.
• 69% of caregivers report having to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours or take an unpaid leave in order to meet their caregiving responsibilities. 5% turned down a promotion, 4% chose early retirement and 6% gave up working entirely. (Gallup, July 27, 2011)

Panelists are Susan Abramson from Yale University and Donna L. Wagner, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Health and Social Services, New Mexico State University. This webinar will be moderated by Bert Wachtelhausen, SVP, Commercial Sales, Client Services & Marketing at LifeCare.

Donna Wagner is currently the Assoc. Dean for Academics in the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State Univ. Dr. Wagner is the President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and AGHE. She is an expert in family caregiving and the intersection of work and family.

At Yale since 1996, Susan Abramson is currently the Manager of WorkLife and Child Care Programs where she develops and implements work-life programs, services and resources for faculty, staff, post-docs and students. Susan has recently been working on a new program that addresses in-home evaluations for aging parents of caregivers in the workforce, assuring alignment with existing work-life resources at Yale.

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