Supporting the Working Caregiver

Presented By: Jim Cushing

CushingToday, about 16% of Iowa’s population is 65 or older. By 2030, 21% will be 65 of older. An aging population puts more responsibility on employees who are filling a key role called…caregiver. Caregivers, over 320,000 and growing, support a family member or friend on the life journey and…usually work full-time. How can organizations support the working caregiver and ensure workplace success? This session will explore strategies to create balance and meet everyone’s needs.


Learning objectives for this session include:

  • Discuss the role of the employee caregiver and learn about what a caregiver faces supporting family or friends
  • Discover resources available for caregivers and employees to make good choices and lessen the burden of caregiving
  • Glean strategies to support employee and organization needs

Jim Cushing is the Executive Director of the Iowa Association of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s). His primary responsibilities include strategic planning, program development, new business initiatives, and advocacy. He has been a supporting caregiver of aging relatives and friends since age 17.

Jim’s background includes 20+ years of experience with various leadership and support roles in customer service, compliance, talent development, sales, and process improvement at Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo, and UnityPoint Health System. He is an Organizational Excellence Consultant to several non-profit and for-profit organizations with strategic plan creation and execution.


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