AARP Research

2014 AARP Caregiving Survey of New Jersey Residents Age 40 and Older: Support for Earned Sick Days for Working Family Caregivers

Most New Jersey residents age 40 and older (78%) believe that being cared for at home with caregiver assistance is the ideal situation when the basic tasks of life become more difficult due to aging or illness. More than eighty percent of respondents support a proposal requiring employers to provide a limited amount of paid sick leave to employees who have to take time off for family caregiving purposes.

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Many New Jersey caregivers (current or former) age 40 and older report that they have at times modified their work schedules by taking time off or going to work early or late to provide care (61%). Fewer have taken a leave of absence from work (25%), gone from working full-time to part-time (18%), or given up working entirely (18%) to provide care to a loved one.

Of those who have gone into work early or late, or have taken time off from their job in order to care for an adult loved one, thirty percent report that they have had to do so at least weekly. About one-third (34%) have had to alter their work schedule several times a month.

AARP New Jersey commissioned a telephone survey of 1,000 New Jersey residents age 40 and older to learn about their experiences with family caregiving. This report highlights results from residents interviewed between April 11 and April 24, 2014. The data in this report has been weighted by age and gender to reflect the New Jersey population age 40 and older. For more information, contact Cassandra Burton at ccantave@aarp.org


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