– On-demand Webinar –

The Costs of Caring

The Impact of Caregiving on Your Population's Well-Being

Watch Now: Recorded Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The continued aging of the American population isn’t just affecting our healthcare system through increased demand – it’s also forcing employers to recognize and address the challenges of caregiving within their populations. Working-age adults who assume caregiving roles often face unique physical, emotional, social and financial pressures. These pressures can take their toll on individual well-being and drive outcomes such as higher healthcare costs, more work days missed and reduced on-the-job productivity.

Join presenters from MIT AgeLab, ReACT (Respect A Caregiver’s Time) and Healthways to learn more about the relationship between caregiving, individual well-being, and performance and productivity outcomes. During an engaging hour, we’ll address:

  • Ways that caregiving can impact an individual, such as lower overall well-being, poorer physical health and greater financial stress
  • Business implications of caregiving, including increased absenteeism and lower productivity
  • Latest findings from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index® and ReACT research on how caregiving can affect well-being and organizational outcomes
  • Suggestions for supporting caregivers within your population


Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab

Joseph’s research examines how the disruptive demographics of an aging society, social trends and technology will shape future innovations in business and government. He teaches policy, planning and product innovation in MIT's Engineering Systems Division and Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Joseph produces the online publication Disruptive Demographics, contributes to Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications and reports. He may be followed on Twitter at @josephcoughlin.

Drew Holzapfel
Convener, ReACT / Managing Director, High Lantern Group

Drew serves as the convener of ReACT (Respect A Caregivers Time), a corporate coalition seeking to support employees caring for loved ones with age-related, chronic conditions. He is also Managing Director at High Lantern Group, a global strategy and communications firm. Prior to joining High Lantern Group, Drew was at Pfizer, where he led efforts around the company's Alzheimer's program and advanced Alzheimer's and aging issues on the national stage. A former Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Drew earned his bachelor's degree from Emory University and an MBA from The University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

Jim Purvis, MSSW
Vice President of Well-Being Improvement Design, Healthways

Jim oversees Healthways’ Well-Being Improvement Solution design team, which involves incorporating proven concept learnings and leading design teams for all of the company’s core product offerings. Before joining Healthways in 2007, Jim spent 20 years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he held various clinical and director-level positions. He has bachelor’s degrees in social work and psychology, as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.