Elder care an issue at work

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Some employers help their people care for parents

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DALLAS – When Michelle Walker of Allen, Texas, decided to move her 78-year-old mother from East Texas to be near family in the Dallas area, she said she had “a hundred questions but no answers.”

Like millions of other middle-aged baby boomers, Walker had become her ailing mother’s caregiver and was juggling that role with all of her other responsibilities “” her full-time job, her marriage and a 16-year-old son.

Fortunately, the computer programmer works for Texas Instruments, which is on the leading edge of businesses that help employees who are caring for older relatives.

Elder care has begun to rival child care as a workplace issue, and companies have started to realize that such support props up not just workers but also the bottom line.

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