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Demographic change is demanding new responses from our society, workplaces, public services and family life
as our population and workforce age. As the number of working age people caring for older loved ones with
health conditions such as dementia rises, the impact on people’s ability to work is becoming an increasingly
critical issue for employers.
Half the UK’s 6.5 million carers are juggling paid work alongside caring. Within the total population of carers,
the number of people caring for loved ones with dementia is rising and is set to reach 850,000 by the end of the
1 Research has shown full-time working carers are most likely to care for a loved one with dementia.
2 The employers and carers we work with are telling us the same story as the statistics – that dementia and the
impact on employees of caring is a key issue for workforce retention, recruitment and resilience. Very often
the need to care for an elderly parent comes at peak career age. Without the right support, the challenges of
combining such caring with work (often also with other family responsibilities) can quickly become too difficult
to manage. Employees with valuable experience and skills will then either leave their jobs or struggle to cope
in the workplace. From earlier research we already know that 1 in 6 carers leave work or reduce their hours to