To the Editor,

''More Sons Are Juggling Jobs and Care for Parents'' (June 15) showed the increasing societal demand on all of our work force for what was once considered a women's role.

The workplace must be prepared to assist employees in managing the stressful needs of aging parents. Companies will pay too high a price in work interruptions, lost productivity and absenteeism if they ignore elder care issues.

The workplace stigma attached to having to provide care to an elderly person must be replaced by support services and education. We need to commend employees for their efforts to provide good care. Corporations should value their employees as much as the employees value their families.


Manhattan, June 16, 2003

The writer is a clinical social worker specializing in geriatric care