Researchers at Brown University are studying ways for employers to encourage healthy eating—at least in the workplace. Twenty-four companies in Rhode Island and surrounding states will participate in a yearlong study to determine if eating healthful foods will keep workers on the job and help cut health care costs.
A MetLife Mature Market Institute study estimates that U.S. employers pay 8 percent more per year in health care costs for employees who care for elders than for employees without those responsibilities. This could potentially cost U.S. employers $13.4 billion per year, according to the report.
It’s a growing concern for businesses, experts say, with workforces aging but also people being afflicted early. Experts weigh in on how employers can help affected workers stay productive and on the job.
Caring for an elderly parent is challenging for employees in most circumstances. But for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, life can become overwhelming. Some employers are providing unique support for their employees.