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SIUE provides an Elder Care Program that supports faculty, staff, and retirees who help their parents, spouses and other older family members. The Elder Care Program provides links and information about elder care. Our goal is to provide resources and information for our employees and retirees to enhance their quality of life.

We live in a time in which Americans are living longer. In fact, people age 65 and older is the fastest growing age group in America. According to the Administration on Aging, U.S. citizens 65 and older (39.6 million in 2009) make up 12.9% of the population. While many older adults are able to live independently until well into their 80s or older, others need more care. This has created a new area of health care called Elder Care.

Elder Care involves many aspects of daily living for older adults, including choosing a physician, understanding housing options, as well as being aware of recreation opportunities. From 25% to 50% of employers now offer elder care assistance services for their employees (CCH Inc., 2007; Human Resource Institute [HRI], 2004; Society for Human Resource management [SHRM], 2007).

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