Check out the latest local, regional, national and international news on caregiving and related topics:
December 4, 2017
The changing roles of the caregiver, AARP
The role of a family caregiver is anything but static. These snapshots illustrate the many different roles family members take on as they care for their loved ones.
November 20, 2017
6 ways to treat emotional burnout (that actually work), A Conscious Rethink
Some people advocate for the kind of self-care that’s easy to do, but emotional burnout needs to be treated on a deeper level to really be effective.
November 13, 2017
Dear caregivers, don't fear failure, AARP
Caregivers who fear failure can have a tendency to avoid making decisions. Here are some tips on how to transform a sense of failure into the pride of succeeding at crucial jobs.
October 29, 2017
Caregiving with siblings: Your questions answered, Next Avenue
How to deal with siblings who don’t participate with the real work involved in caring for an elderly parent. And how to handle conflict among siblings of aging parents when some live out of town and others nearby.
October 19, 2017
Invisible angels: Young people caring for their family members go mostly unseen, The Globe and Mail
Most kids their age would be involved in after-school activities or hanging out at the mall. These adolescents, however, go home to look after a family member with a physical or mental disability. Their contributions are largely unheralded, and many have complex needs of their own
October 10, 2017
Ontario boosting nursing, personal support in major expansion of home care, SouthWesthealthline.ca
Ontario is strengthening home and community care across the province for patients and their families by increasing access to services by an estimated 2.6 million additional hours and developing new patient- and family-friendly supports.
September 18, 2017
Rediscovering your identity as a caregiver, The Caregiver Space
As caregivers, we tend to lose our identity in the story of someone else. When asked about our own hearts, we find ourselves caught off guard and usually struggle to share our feelings.
September 11, 2017
4 tips for better sleep while caregiving, AARP
A few steps you can take to help yourself fall and stay asleep.
September 5, 2017
5 examples of how forgiveness can improve a caregiver's life, HealthCentral
Forgiveness, or the lack there of, can loom large in the life of a caregiver.
August 28, 2017
Family caregiver self-assessment questionnaire, PBS
It takes only a few minutes to complete. Then use our search tool to find local caregiver support services in Ontario.
August 21, 2017
Coping with elders who won’t accept in-home caregivers, AgingCare.com
Families get home care to provide respite and quality care for seniors, but what is a caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with this new addition to their care plan?
August 14, 2017
Caregiving is hard enough. Isolation can make it unbearable., The New York Times
Along with the hands-on tasks, the medical scheduling, and the disrupted sleep, family caregivers face another trial: social isolation.
July 31, 2017
When the caregiver is sicker than the loved one, Next Avenue
Have you ever asked someone you know who is caring for a loved one how they are, only to hear the standard response, ”Everything is fine, I’m doing well,” when you know that’s not really true?
July 24, 2017
The real financial costs of caregiving, StarTribune
People who provide care for loved ones may face real financial hardships of their own.
July 10, 2017
Top 3 excuses from siblings who don't help with caregiving, AgingCare.com
How to respond to siblings who, after being directly and distinctly asked for help, either skirt responsibility with excuses or become outright nasty.
July 3, 2017
Why does Mom have bruises?, The Caregiver Space
One day when you visit your mom in the nursing home you notice she has bruises. Here's what to do.
June 16, 2017
How to be your parent’s caregiver, The Intentional Caregiver
It is a challenging transition when the person who took care of you is now the person who needs help from you.
June 11, 2017
Lifting a relative safely, The Caregiver Space
Here are some videos with instructions on how to avoid injuring yourself or the person you’re caring for.
June 4, 2017
Dying at home: What I learned from my husband’s death, Toronto Star
Even as a physician assistant, Maureen Taylor did not appreciate the challenges — or the immense rewards — of caring for her husband, Dr. Donald Low, at home until his death.
May 29, 2017
Travelling with dementia? With extra prep from caregivers, absolutely, Toronto Star
Summertime is travel time for many families, though travelling with a relative with dementia requires some additional planning and consideration.
May 29, 2017
How can young caregivers self-advocate?, Huffington Post
Speaking up for yourself as a young caregiver can present its own set of unique challenges.
May 23, 2017
Why your ill parent fools the doctor and what to do about it, AgingCare.com
A frequent problem expressed among adult children is that their parents aren't truthful with their doctors.
May 16, 2017
WNY Pride Center launches new memory loss caregivers program, Buffalo News
Caregivers for those with dementia tend to experience isolation, a loss of sense of self, and a lack of time for other relationships and activities. As crushing as all of this can be, caregivers in the LGBTQ community often are left to tackle a greater number of challenges.
May 2, 2017
Balancing elder care with other relationships, AgingCare.com
How much do caregivers owe their aging parents? Do they owe their health, their financial future, their family relationships? Where does "honoring your parents" begin and end?
May 1, 2017
Ontario boosting respite support and training for family caregivers, newsontario.ca
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, and Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced new supports for family caregivers.
April 18, 2017
Patients resort to paying consultants to help navigate Canada’s Byzantine health-care system, The Globe and Mail
Private patient navigators review medical files, attend doctors' appointments, book tests, chase down specialists and co-ordinate in-home care, often for elderly clients with chronic illnesses whose grown children live far away.
April 10, 2017
The face of today’s elder caregiver, Oxford University Press blog
Family dynamics when caring for a stepparent can be complicated. That doesn't mean blended families can't be resilient, though.
April 7, 2017
Study finds that caregivers are also victims in cases of elder financial abuse, Yahoo! Finance
Nearly 90% of both active and potential caregivers said they experienced a financial impact when their elder was financially abused, with the average cost to those caregivers reaching a staggering $36,000.
March 27, 2017
Lessons for caregiving, American Psychological Association
Psychologists’ research points to ways to improve the experience of caregiving, as well as to the unexpected benefits of providing such care
March 27, 2017
Meet the youngsters helping solve Japan’s caregiving crisis. Like Kunio Odaira, 72., The Washington Post
Japan is considered a “super-aging” society. That means authorities need to think about ways to keep seniors healthy and active for longer, but also about how to augment the workforce to cope with labor shortages. Enter the septuagenarian caregiver.
March 20, 2017
Pressed into caregiving sooner than expected, The New York Times
Elder care was a responsibility Gina Rinehart expected to shoulder, eventually. But she didn’t foresee having to leave her home for extended periods and to give up her job when she was just 46.
March 20, 2017
I can’t be ON all the time, The Caregiver Space
"Being a 24/7 caregiver means there’s someone who needs you 24/7. But I’m learning to accept that it’s just not possible."
March 13, 2017
When friends become caregivers, New America Media
“There are a lot of people who have no family, and so their friends, their neighbors are the people they’ll turn to,” said Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving in the U.S.
March 6, 2017
Whom do you tell when you’re sick? Maybe everyone you know, The New York Times
How people decide whether to go public with their medical conditions has long been highly sensitive and deeply personal. Dr. Paul Wicks comes down strongly in favor of disclosure. His reason: You never know where you can learn something that might save your life.
March 6, 2017
Spouses of critically ill patients face deadly stress, CBC White Coat, Black Art
When patients are hospitalized with a serious illness, the spouse is often the forgotten one. An Editorial just published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says intimate caregivers are at high risk of becoming patients themselves. This 5-minute podcast discusses what health care providers can do about it.
February 27, 2017
Caregiving teams help friends in need, Kiplinger
You are booked for outpatient surgery and have no one to drive you home from the hospital. Or even worse, you’re facing a prolonged serious illness, and you need a lot more help than a friend or relative can provide. Perhaps you can turn to a relatively new model of caregiving: a network of volunteers who join forces to lend you a hand.
February 20, 2017
Handbook helps patients navigate the hospital, Toronto Star
From Patients Who Know: A Hospital Handbook acts much like a travel guide, offering practical advice on the language, cuisine, people and customs of what is for many people a foreign land: the hospital.
February 13, 2017
Making peace with uncertainty, Caregiver Solutions Magazine
"In caregiving, we need to be in control. Yet so much of caregiving is beyond our control. We believe that we should be living our own life and the life of our loved one, too. Any other approach feels dangerous and even possibly life-threatening."
February 6, 2017
Understanding the experiences of carers for patients with heart failure, Carers Canada
Do you care for someone with heart failure? Share your experiences by taking part in a global survey through Carers Canada.
January 29, 2017
Who will care for the caregivers?, The New York Times
As overworked and underappreciated as family caregivers are, health systems, under pressure to reduce costs, increasingly rely on them to manage illness at home.
January 23, 2017
Caregiving can have positive effect on mortality of carers, study shows, News - Medical
Older people who help and support others are also doing themselves a favour. An international research team has found that grandparents who care for their grandchildren on average live longer than grandparents who do not.
January 16, 2017
Daughter, student, caregiver, nurse: Unpaid caregivers are finding their place in the healthcare system, Modern Healthcare
Researchers, policymakers and healthcare providers are slowly recognizing that with training and education, family caregivers will be better equipped to handle the increasingly complex medical tasks being asked of them, less likely to make mistakes or cause or suffer injuries, and more likely to detect potential problems, such as the early signs of an infection.
January 7, 2017
Eight things siblings of children with special needs struggle with, The Washington Post
"Having a sibling with special needs is a reality many children are born into, including my three typically developing children. Of all the things my children experience that I never did, their experience of growing up with a sister with significant disabilities is something I struggle to understand, even as I watch it unfold daily."
December 21, 2016
3 things to know about caregiving youth during the holidays, Huffington Post
As caregiving youth are home for longer periods of time with no school to attend, caring duties may increase and intensify. Young adult children may come home from college and find themselves expected to take on more care provision.
December 19, 2016
6 tips for embracing caregivers at holiday gatherings, The Caregiver Space
Caregivers need to find ways to manage their stress this holiday season and family and friends can use their holiday gatherings to help them do this. Here are tips on how to get the conversation going and allow the love and support to flow.
December 12, 2016
Overcoming the shame and loneliness of being a caregiving spouse, The Globe and Mail
One woman describes how she's coming to terms with the emotional turmoil she's experienced as the wife of a man with a seizure disorder.
December 5, 2016
Top nurses share their secrets to successful caregiving, Parade
Most of us aren’t trained nurses. Yet, more and more, the first critical days of healing are spent at home, rather than in a hospital. Borrowing some nursing know-how can make all the difference.
November 28, 2016
When the caregivers need healing, The New York Times
One mother describes the simple techniques she uses to blunt the stress of parenting a child with severe developmental disabilities.
November 21, 2016
Health challenges at work - how to create a new normal, Crucial Skills
Co-workers and supervisors may treat someone differently when they disclose a health condition. This Q & A article offers advice on how to help people process their feelings, make it discussable, and bring them on side.
November 14, 2016
When should you worry if you are caregiving the right way?, Next Avenue
Despite the fact that most caregivers are doing their best, many feel guilty — about how the house looks, about not spending enough time with a loved one, about their mixed feelings about caregiving, about a whole host of things.
November 7, 2016
Caregiving takes toll on finances, career, health, The Tyee
One million British Columbians are caring for friends or family — and paying a price because of inadequate supports.
October 31, 2016
Take care of caregivers: Doctors of BC report, Vancouver Sun
A report by the Doctors of BC calls on the provincial ministry of health to recognize the unpaid efforts of family, particularly in seniors’ care.
October 24, 2016
Five ways family caregivers can care for themselves, Forbes
Caring for an aging parent can be among the most rewarding things you do in your life. But it can also be physically and emotionally demanding. Here are five tips on how to manage from the author of "Caring for Our Parents."
October 17, 2016
Elderly widow is depressed and disinterested: Caregiver SOS, Toronto Star
A caregiver wants widowed mom, who suffers from old age depression, back to her old, happier self.
October 11, 2016
Family cottage becomes subject of hurtful argument: Caregiver SOS, Toronto Star
Ultimately, caregivers must learn to separate their parents’ needs from the drama at hand.
October 3, 2016
When to involve grandkids in caregiving, Next Avenue
"Your children could be a big help in taking some of the burden off your shoulders. As an added bonus, they could have a memorable experience with their grandparents by becoming important members of your caregiving team. The operative word here, however, is could."
September 26, 2016
8 tips to ask for the caregiving help you need, www.Forbes.com
Living a stoic life isn’t the answer. Here’s how to ask for — and accept — a helping hand.
September 19, 2016
Caregivers' dirty little secrets, The Caregiver Space
One caregiver weighs the pros and cons of sharing her experiences, especially when they include details about her parents’ medical conditions.
September 12, 2016
Love and burnout, New York Times
The symptoms of burnout can be hard for outsiders and the caregivers themselves to recognize. This New York Times article examines how several people are trying to cope.
September 6, 2016
The rapid rise of the male caregiver, Forbes
Today’s male caregivers do not only aid their parents. In the US, an estimated 3 million men care for an ailing spouse full time.
August 29, 2016
Taking patient-centred health care from rhetoric to reality, The Globe and Mail
Patient-centred care is a term that gets bandied about a lot these days. But what does it really mean? How does our health system need to change to make it truly patient-centred?
August 22, 2016
New report takes a closer look at family caregivers in Ontario, The Change Foundation
The Change Foundation releases an in-depth review of Ontario-specific data from Statistics Canada’s 2012 General Social Survey on caregivers and caregiving.
August 15, 2016
When caregivers are honest, it makes people very uncomfortable, The Huffington Post
Caregiving sucks, so quit trying to sugarcoat it.
August 8, 2016
Aging societies should make more of mentorship, Harvard Business Review
Older people who mentor and support younger people in work and in life are three times as likely to be happy as those who fail to engage in this way.
August 2, 2016
Ways caregivers can reduce stress and get more free time, Next Avenue
These tips can help you cope through challenging times.
July 25, 2016
Dividing the caregiving responsibilities between siblings, US News and World Report
The nearest relative isn’t always the right caregiver. Here’s how siblings can work together.
July 20, 2016
How caregivers can turn stress into strength, Next Avenue
A clinical psychologist and former family caregiver shares advice from his new book, Meditations for Caregivers.
July 11, 2016
How to be present with someone who is sick or dying, Next Avenue
One caregiver’s reflections on the power of non-verbal communication.
July 4, 2016
A growing army of children take care of family members in need, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Each day, thousands of Minnesota children, some as young as 8 or 9, serve as unpaid caregivers for family members who are too sick or frail to care for themselves.
June 27, 2016
The pros and cons of living with friends in older age, Next Avenue
There are distinct benefits, but there are some distinct costs. This Next Avenue article explores various options, including co-housing.
June 20, 2016
What’s the best way to talk to someone with Alzheimer's, Washington Post
When a friend or relative is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, you may not know how to treat them. Here are some tips for navigating around symptoms, so you can enjoy your time together.
June 13, 2016
A company that cares about caregivers, Chicago Tribune
Some companies are finding ways to accommodate working caregivers and setting examples others can follow.
June 6, 2016
Caregivers at high risk of depression finds Hamilton study, The Hamilton Spectator
Research finds two-thirds of caregivers suffer major depressive symptoms in the first week after patients leave the hospital.
May 30, 2016
Could caregiving be just a means to the money?, The Washington Post
Family fights over the care of parents can be brutal. The clash of caring and money can create deep resentment.
May 24, 2016
Joyce and Bob, Employment and Social Development Canada
It’s not just about the guilt of asking for help. One family caregiver reflects on her experience in this 4-minute video.
May 16, 2016
http://mygrief.ca/, Canadian Virtual Hospice
An online support for people working through grief and loss or supporting someone who is grieving. It is free for Canadians and confidential.
May 9, 2016
Do all caregivers matter?, Huffington Post
Young caregivers have distinct needs, and yet there’s a reluctance to recognize those needs. This article explores why.
May 2, 2016
Ken and Nada - The loneliness of caregiving, Employment and Social Development Canada
A 4-minute video about a husband caring for a wife who has frontotemporal dementia discusses the importance of maintaining outside relationships.
April 25, 2016
Supporting a friend or family member with a mental illness, Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
Tips from the Canadian Mental Health Association, British Columbia Division.
April 18, 2016
Caregivers in Ontario, Sudbury burning out: report, The Sudbury Star
At a time when people need more help to live at home -- and more people need that help -- a "hidden workforce" in health care is feeling the stress and distress of their roles so significantly, many don't know if they can continue.
April 11, 2016
4 pressing concerns facing older LGBT adults that no one is talking about, Upworthy
Getting older isn't easy, but it can be especially complicated if you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
April 4, 2016
What a family caregiver does and doesn’t need to hear, The Globe and Mail
Have you ever said the wrong thing? Of course you have. You’re human. And when it comes to speaking to caregivers, conversations can be especially fraught.
March 28, 2016
Long-distance caregivers of the elderly torn between two locations, The Globe and Mail
Strategies and advice for caregiving at a distance
March 21, 2016
Five Questions to Ask about your Medications, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Help someone make sense of his or her medications by asking these 5 questions.
March 14, 2016
Caregiving During Young Adulthood, Huffington Post
A caregiver advocate and mental health counsellor reflects on her own experiences and those of her brother (Huffington Post)
March 7, 2016
Indigenous Voices: Living with Serious Illness and Grief, LivingMyCulture.ca (Canadian Virtual Hospice)
Quality palliative care helps you honour your culture, spirituality and traditions. At LivingMyCulture.ca, people from various cultures share their stories and wisdom (through videos) about living with serious illness, end of life and grief.
February 29, 2016
Caregivers of Mentally Ill Feel Shut Out, Medscape.com
From Medscape.com: Caregivers of individuals with a mental health or emotional problem report being excluded from a loved one's care team by clinicians, results of a new US survey show.
February 22, 2016
It's Time We Recognize Ontario's Family Caregivers, Toronto Sun
A Toronto Sun op-ed piece by Lisa Levin, Chair of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition
February 15, 2016
5 ways to lighten any caregiving load, RealSimple.com
Use these research- and expert-backed solutions to feel—and function—better as a caregiver. (From RealSimple.com)
February 8, 2016
The Importance of Family Caregivers, The Change Foundation
This 3-minute video from The Caring Experience project (The Change Foundation, Ontario Caregiver Coalition) describes family caregivers and the challenges they face.
February 1, 2016
Mom's limited menu raises red flag, Toronto Star
Toronto Star Health & Wellness article: Medical issues or trouble coping with husband's death could cause issues with food
February 1, 2016
Doctors with moral objections to assisted dying should be able to opt out, committee hears, CBC.ca
Importance of palliative care also stressed in this CBC.ca article
January 25, 2016
We need to start caring for caregivers, Toronto Star
From the Toronto Star Commentary section: We can no longer afford to treat family care as essentially free labour, undertaken within families as a private matter with no relevance for the rest of society
January 19, 2016
Loving my bipolar husband: Some days it’s terrifying. But there’s no one in the world I trust more, The Globe and Mail
One wife's reflections on love and risk-taking. "Mental-health issues happen to anyone, any time. Bipolar doesn’t define you. It’s just a part of the deal. And it’s a deal I want.”
January 15, 2016
Caregivers prone to winter blues, Champlain LHIN
"It's so important to recognize signs of social isolation and know how to stay connected," explains Manon Desjardins-Nighbor
January 12, 2016
Missing my mom and the privilege of caregiving, Bangor Daily News
From Meg Haskell's Living It Forward column
January 1, 2016
Compassionate care leave to expand up to 26 weeks starting Jan. 3, CBC.ca
Federal Liberals will implement Conservative initiative - but will consider further expansion later in 2016
December 21, 2015
The Hidden Patient, TVOntario
A TVOntario panel discussion on how families often become "hidden patients" when they take on responsibilities they aren't prepared for (via Ontario Caregiver Coalition).
December 15, 2015
Dealing With Grief Over the Holidays, Canadian Virtual Hospice
This message from the Canadian Virtual Hospice contains links to many valuable articles on how to deal with grief during the holiday season.
December 7, 2015
Holding a Family Meeting, Family Caregiver Alliance, US National Centre on Caregiving
Pulling together as a family is important in caregiving situations. Here's practical advice on how to hold a family meeting.
November 30, 2015
Caregiving With Your Siblings, Family Caregiver Alliance, US National Centre on Caregiving
This tip sheet from the Family Caregiver Alliance in the US offers insights and practical advice.
November 9, 2015
The Hidden Costs Of Caregiving, Financial Advisor Magazine
Many retirees and those approaching retirement are finding themselves devoting more and more time, attention and money to caregiving
October 16, 2015
Caregivers say they are too stressed to do it any longer: Ontario survey, cbc.ca
October 7, 2015
Caring for loved one with Alzheimer’s may be hardest on spouse, The Globe and Mail
“Not everyone can be a good caregiver and as professionals we need to do an assessment and determine who can do it, who wants to do it and who needs other support to do it..."
October 7, 2015
Cerebral Palsy: One couple's journey in a life dominated by special needs, Cornwall Seaway News
"And while the couple could talk about the negatives of raising a special needs child until the cows come home, they believe the positives far outweigh any argument about what could have been."
October 6, 2015
Caregiving obligations spur need for flexible work hours, The Globe and Mail
"The conflict between work and caregiving is an issue more Canadian employers are grappling to address because longer life spans have made elder care a pressing issue for many employees."
October 1, 2015
The 5 Most Unexpected Challenges Of Caregiving, huffingtonpost.ca
"Almost every family caregiver will tell you that there is joy and satisfaction in this role. That taking care of someone you love...is a privilege. But it's still very hard. It requires sacrifice and commitment and it can be heartbreaking."
September 30, 2015
5 things that will change in Hamilton now that there's more seniors than kids, cbc.ca
For the first time ever, there are more seniors in Canada than youth under 15. Hamilton decision makers are already trying to figure out what it means here.
September 21, 2015
Feds should invest $3.3B in health care for seniors: report, macleans.ca
Conference Board of Canada study calls for new strategies to cope with wave of aging baby boomers
September 17, 2015
Alzheimer's, 'Until You Witness It, You Can't Imagine', The Globe and Mail
Sandra Martin chronicles one couple’s harrowing, year-long quest to find the support they need
September 16, 2015
Ontario’s home-care providers want more say in reform discussions, The Globe and Mail
Ontario is about to begin a three-year effort to reform its troubled home-care system, but even before the first meetings begin, there is disagreement about who should have a hand in making changes.
September 2, 2015
Caring for elderly parents takes toll on caregivers, CBC News
Adult children are being recruited as caregivers for parents more often. How does this affect them?
July 30, 2015
CMHA and partners receive close to $3.7 million to support older adult caregivers, ontario.cmha.ca
"...CMHA Ontario will lead Living Life to the Full for Older Adult Caregivers, which aims to enhance the resilience and mental well-being of older adult caregivers in Toronto..."
July 23, 2015
Families call for improved treatment in battling rare, early Alzheimer’s , theglobeandmail.com
"Many of these families are part of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) study that monitors the health of family gene carriers and their healthy relatives in several countries..."
July 16, 2015
Premiers meeting: Feds asked to cover 25 per cent of health-care costs, cbc.ca
"Canada's premiers are asking the federal government for more health care funding, saying an increase would help transform the existing health care system and offset the impact of an aging population."
July 9, 2015
Health Canada considers changes to acetaminophen guidelines, ctvnews.ca
Dr. Marla Shapiro discusses dosage guidelines and looking for 'hidden' acetaminophen
June 8, 2015
New 'Dementia Friends' program aims to help Canadians understand condition, ctvnews.ca
"...Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the goal is to reduce stigma, 'so that when (people with dementia) go to the bank or the corner store, people understand to be a little more patient.'"
June 5, 2015
Caregiving in the U.S. 2015, caregiving.org
Interesting statistics for fellow caregivers south of the border.
June 2, 2015
Special-needs youth face 'big abyss' after leaving school, cbc.ca
"... the Canadian Association for Community Living is advocating ... to push during the upcoming federal election for a national benefit program for disabled people."
May 20, 2015
Looking for Balance, hqontario.ca
Interesting report examines the use of antipsychotic medications in Ontario's long-term care homes
May 13, 2015
Ontario home care to see $750M in improvements, thestar.com
"Hoskins plans to increase supports for caregivers ..."
May 3, 2015
Canada's version of Hogewey dementia village recreates 'normal' life, cbc.ca
Exciting to hear that this concept is being introduced in Ontario!
April 22, 2015
Compassionate Care Benefits Get Boost In 2015 Federal Budget, huffingtonpost.ca
Exciting item in the 2015 federal budget...
April 6, 2015
National Family Caregiver Day, Canadian Caregiver Coalition
Click here to find out about opportunities to learn and share!
March 12, 2015
Bringing Care Home: Summary of Expert Group's Recommendations, news.ontario.ca
"The report ... will play a key role as the government works to improve patient and family-centred care at home and in the community, as well as to support a system of care that is accountable and sustainable."
March 2, 2015
Ontario pledges palliative care teams for patients wishing to die at home, theglobeandmail.com
"..the ministry informed 26 community palliative care teams ... that funding would begin to flow."
February 23, 2015
Dementia patients' wives battle Sun Life, BMO over costly missteps, cbc.ca
"The Alzheimer Society is calling on all financial institutions to be more compassionate and flexible, as the number of Canadians with dementia is expected to double in coming years..."
February 19, 2015
The emotional wellbeing of older carers, ilcuk.org.uk
British study shows increased depression associated with long term caregiving, and with giving up caregiving. Sounds like a Catch-22...
February 17, 2015
"...inquiry finds Lifeline necklace strangled senior...", cbc.ca
If your care-recipient has a personal alarm necklace, make sure it's on a breakaway cord.
February 15, 2015
Alzheimer's poses unique challenges for teen caregivers, cbc.ca
"For many teenagers, taking on the responsibility of caring for an adult may seem unimaginable, especially when that adult is a parent..."
February 8, 2015
Family caregivers need support: Goar, thestar.com
"Without them, the cost of health-care would skyrocket..."
February 2, 2015
Ontario Launches Updated Plan for Health Care, news.ontario.ca
"This action plan focuses on four ambitious but achievable goals..."
January 21, 2015
Robot caregivers aim to improve seniors' quality of life, cbc.ca
"Tangy the bingo-playing robot will make its debut as part of pilot study at a long-term care facility in Toronto in the coming weeks..."
January 6, 2015
Alzheimer Awareness Month targets women with "The 72%" campaign, newswire.ca
"Starting January 6, the Alzheimer Society invites all Canadians ... to visit www.alzheimer.ca/the72percent to take a moment and learn the warning signs and share them with friends and families on Facebook and Twitter..."
December 29, 2014
A Provocative New Way To Think About Dementia, forbes.com
"Power’s goal is not to treat a disease. It is to improve the well-being of those who have it..."
December 17, 2014
Wearable Sensors: A Novel Healthcare Solution for the Aging Society, googlesciencefair.com
Wow. How many things had you invented by the time you were 15?
December 15, 2014
Harper Government supports new initiative to improve economic security for women caregivers in Edmonton, newswire.ca
"Through the project, tools, training or policies will be developed and piloted with employers to assist them in adopting supportive and inclusive work environments for women caregivers..."
December 15, 2014
Palliative care access needed for all nearing end of life, report says, cbc.ca
"...the report cites a survey which found that 70 per cent of hospitalized elderly patients wanted comfort measures instead of life-prolonging treatment..."
December 12, 2014
Vancouver designer markets inflatable vest as therapy for autistic children, theglobeandmail.com
"... parents saw substantial attention and behaviour improvements when their children were wearing the vest and up to 20 minutes after taking it off."
December 7, 2014
'Intergenerational' retirement home sees students live alongside the elderly, ctvnews.ca
"The students in Deventer prepare simple meals for some of the elderly in the evening and offer them activities according to their interests. Student Jordi, for instance, took a group into the garden and gave them cans of paint to spray on cardboard so they could learn about graffiti..."
December 3, 2014
Think 'FAST': New campaign helps Canadians recognize signs of stroke, ctvnews.ca
"The Heart and Stroke Foundation is launching a new campaign to teach Canadians, young and old, how to quickly recognize the signs of someone having a stroke..."
December 3, 2014
High blood-sugar in diabetics linked with dementia later in life, theglobeandmail.com
"Diabetics with high blood-sugar levels score worse on tests of brain power later in life than those whose levels are under control, according to a new U.S. study..."
December 1, 2014
The Real Reason Why Caregivers Are Stressed, nextavenue.org
“The real strain on caregivers is the emotional work that’s going on...”
November 24, 2014
Release of National Seniors Council report on the social isolation of seniors, newswire.ca
"...the Council is proposing suggestions for federal action under four broad directions..."
November 20, 2014
Northumberland PATH project recognized with Minister’s Medal honour roll, northumberlandview.ca
"While still in the early stages of testing, the use of this new innovative technology has shown positive impact for the senior and the caregiver, the provider and healthcare system..."
November 20, 2014
Toronto Central LHIN Wins Highest Honour for Quality in Ontario for its Palliative Program- the Minister's Medal, newswire.ca
"Clients and families experience one team helping them with their needs. They have more confidence that the care team will be there when they need them ..."
November 6, 2014
Consumer Reports Health Launches New Online Caregiver Resource, prweb.com
"A new online web portal has been launched by Consumer Reports, offering a range of free materials for family caregivers..."
November 2, 2014
Radical rest homes: Old people should live everywhere, cbc.ca
They are "run and managed by the people who live there," she says. "Residents look after each other, and when help is needed resources come to you, you are not shipped out. And we die in our own beds, not in an institution.”
October 29, 2014
Sleeping pills won't do seniors much good, Choosing Wisely Canada says - Campaign to prevent unnecessary testing and treatment launches second phase for informed decision making and right care, newswire.ca
"Nearly one third of older people take sleeping pills even though they have special risks for this age group..."
October 27, 2014
Tours help visitors with special needs experience The Royal, newswire.ca
"WindReach Farm is once again providing an assisted tour program at The Royal for groups of individuals with special needs, allowing them to enjoy The Fair's animals, activities and exhibits up close..."
October 22, 2014
Compassionate Care leave policies provides "care for the caregivers", newswire.ca
"...many Canadian workplaces are helping to "care for the caregivers" by implementing compassionate care leave policies that provide comfort to employees, while boosting engagement and retention at work."
October 22, 2014
Recommendations to Improve Patient Care at Home and in the Community, newswire.ca
"To better meet the diverse and evolving needs of Ontario patients and caregivers, Health Shared Service Ontario (HSSOntario) white paper recommends changes to create a more flexible and streamlined system of home and community care..."
October 21, 2014
Couple installs free Invisible Fence for families with a service dog for an autistic child, lfpress.com
"...Glen and Gayle Bailey, area dealers who sell and install Invisible Fence brand warning systems for pets...install the fences free for any Southwestern Ontario family with a service dog that helps an autistic child."
October 17, 2014
16th Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors, newswire.ca
"Ministers were also pleased to discuss the progress being made to raise awareness among employers and key stakeholders of the benefits of supporting older workers who are balancing work and caregiving responsibilities..."
October 14, 2014
Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity Teams Up with Home Instead Senior Care to Provide In-Home Care Grants to Families Living with Alzheimer's Disease, newswire.ca
"As part of the partnership, United States- and Canada-based Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners have pledged more than 37,000 hours of in-home care services, valued at $740,000, to supplement the monetary funding provided by Hilarity for Charity for the Alzheimer's Care Grant Program..."
October 14, 2014
Ontario health minister pledges review of generic drug-cost study, thestar.com
"Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins has asked his ministry to review a new study showing Canada pays more than double for common generic drugs compared to other developed countries..."
October 8, 2014
NCOA Partners with University of Illinois at Chicago to Create Unique Research Center on Family Caregiving, businesswire.com
“This research will translate into policy and practice that strengthens the ability of caregivers to support their loved ones.”
October 6, 2014
CFHI Supports Projects to Improve Care for COPD Patients: Teams from Across Canada will Implement Leading Practices, newswire.ca
"In Nova Scotia, Dr. Graeme Rocker ... developed an approach to better meet the needs of COPD patients and their caregivers through self-management, education, psychosocial/spiritual care support, and advance care planning."
October 2, 2014
Why Canada’s reliance on unpaid care is not sustainable, theglobeandmail.com
"Unpaid caregivers typically want and prefer to provide the care to their loved ones, rather than having formal care providers come into the home. But the role can be demanding."
October 1, 2014
Ottawa, Provinces, to Come Together to Develop National Dementia Strategy, theepochtimes.com
"Citing the “impending boom” of a dementia health-care crisis, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial and territorial counterparts agreed Wednesday Oct. 1 to work together to develop a national strategy to fight it..."
October 1, 2014
To improve oral health of adults with developmental disabilities, support caregivers, eurekalert.org
"In this month's issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, researchers...[found] that, in addition to addressing access to care, policy initiatives must improve support for caregivers."
September 29, 2014
Dawna Friesen: Dementia and living in the present, globalnews.ca
"Starting Monday, Sept. 29, Global National will air a series of reports on living with dementia and how Canadians are adapting to a disease that affects so many — and at a much younger age than you may think..."
September 26, 2014
Alzheimer's Patients Can Feel the Emotion After the Memories Have Vanished, biosciencetechnology.com
"Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact on how they feel."
September 16, 2014
Advisory Panel launches Public Consultation on Healthcare Innovation, newswire.ca
The panel is seeking your input! Go to their site and fill in the questionnaire...
September 15, 2014
Using big data to fight dementia and Alzheimer’s, theglobeandmail.com
Great quote: "There wasn’t any hope for an HIV-AIDS cure. There wasn’t any hope for polio for a long period of time. There wasn’t any hope for a lot of these diseases. But at some point people got sufficiently angry that there wasn’t anything done that anger turned into mobilization.”
September 11, 2014
Canada and France Encourage Global Action on Dementia, newswire.ca
"Over the next two days, delegates will hear from global dementia experts, as well as people living with dementia and family members..."
September 10, 2014
Montreal chosen as battleground in fight against dementia, ctvnews.ca
"Montreal will be in the front line trenches in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as a major new organization has been launched to battle neuro-degenerative diseases..."
September 8, 2014
Alzheimer's diagnosis takes centre stage for Spirit of the West frontman, theglobeandmail.com
"Iconic rock outfit Spirit of the West soldiers on after co-founder and vocalist John Mann, who made a career writing about his personal life and experiences, and is the voice behind the legendary Canadian party song Home for a Rest, learns he has the incurable disease."
September 3, 2014
London company helps keep aging boomers on the road, lfpress.com
“We see happiness... That’s the best part. You call people and tell them their van is ready and they start crying.”
September 1, 2014
They’re informal, but these workers are essential, theglobeandmail.com
"On Labour Day, we need to pay attention to this huge group of essential workers: the millions of informal caregivers who show up nowhere in the employment numbers, but figure so prominently in real life."
August 29, 2014
London cancer breakthrough has legs, londoncommunitynews.com
"Researchers in London say they may have found a way to stop cancer in its tracks ..."
August 28, 2014
Collaboration on health care achieves results for Canadians, newswire.ca
"... Premiers have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing Canadians' health care and achieving better value for money across health care systems."
August 24, 2014
Canada needs a comprehensive, nation-wide senior care strategy: Editorial, thestar.com
Dr. Chris Simpson, the Canadian Medical Association’s new president says, "If we can fix seniors’ care, we will go a long way to fixing our health care system."
August 20, 2014
Share The Care and Zweena Health Partner to Improve the Family Caregiving Process, zweenahealth.com
"This partnership will give caregivers strategic and technical tools to ... improve the family caregiving process."
August 20, 2014
Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care to People with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Conditions, aarp.org
"This analysis offers recommendations for assisting family caregivers ..."
August 18, 2014
Baby boomers call for national seniors care strategy, ctvnews.ca
"According to the CMA report, about 26 per cent of baby boomers are currently providing care for an elderly relative, which may be giving them a first-hand look at the state of seniors health services and facilities ..."
August 8, 2014
Alzheimer’s patients often go 'back in time,' doctor says, cbc.ca
"Caregivers urged to take precautions after elderly woman killed on Highway 400 in the Toronto area ... "
August 5, 2014
Research breaks new ground on adult caregiver support for each other, cbc.ca
This researcher is looking at the one-on-one relationships between caregivers - help her out by completing the survey!
August 5, 2014
Hoping Thoughts Become Movement for ALS Patients, abcnews.go.com
This innovation would be a complete game-changer.
August 1, 2014
New facility meets huge demand for Dementia Care, newswire.ca
Exciting news about a unique care model now available in the North Simcoe Muskoka region!
July 29, 2014
First-of-its-kind caregiver tour to make stop in Sault, sootoday.com
"...the Canada Cares Tour team will hand out hundreds of gift cards, spa vouchers and caregiving support materials to those in need along the way..."
July 28, 2014
Hospitals are parting with visiting hours as they move toward more patient-centred care, theglobeandmail.com
"Eliminating visiting hours is just one part of the push for patient- and family-centred care at North American hospitals..."
July 25, 2014
ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton helps paraplegics to walk, cbc.ca
"A robotic exoskeleton that allows some people with spinal cord injuries to walk upright has been approved for use by Health Canada ... "
July 24, 2014
International Self-Care Day: Giving Canadians New Tools for their Self-Care Toolbox, newswire.ca
International Self-Care Day is July 24—a reminder to practice it 24/7!
July 22, 2014
New research sheds light on role of DNA in risk of developing schizophrenia, ctvnews.ca
"The wealth of new findings has the potential to kick-start the development of new treatments in schizophrenia ... "
July 16, 2014
Phone app leads way to health services, intelligencer.ca
The SouthEasthealthline.ca app "takes the guesswork out of finding a service..."
July 10, 2014
Port Hope boy wins caregiver award, northumberlandnews.com
"Kameron Cross is a typical 12 year old in most places but his home..."
July 9, 2014
Sister-brother team creates Alzheimer’s app, thespec.com
"Hamilton siblings are getting national attention for creating an iPad app that helps patients with Alzheimer's and dementia to communicate..."
July 8, 2014
Scientists Are Getting Closer to a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s, time.com
"The hope is that identifying the disease earlier could pave the way for drugs to halt its progression..."
July 8, 2014
Caregivers of cancer patients can manage end-of-life treatment, decisions with help from support team, news-medical.net
"... researchers...devised and tested an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions."
July 7, 2014
Researchers sound alarm: Opioid painkiller deaths escalating in Ontario, ctvnews.ca
"While opioids are necessary for many patients experiencing severe pain, pain management clinics and non-medicinal alternatives could be beneficial in less serious cases ... "
July 7, 2014
Studies Show Caregivers Benefit from Community-Based Respite Care, seniorhomes.com
Visit our Find Services section to find respite care in your area!
June 28, 2014
Owen Sound help for disabled to live 'purposefully', owensoundsuntimes.com
What happens to kids with disabilities, the ones who after high school have no place to fit in?
June 24, 2014
Report calls for new approach to Ontario's breast and colon cancer care, theglobeandmail.com
"Ontario needs to improve the way it cares for breast and colon cancer patients taking protective chemotherapy ... "
June 23, 2014
Ottawa to seek ways to help working caregivers balance responsibilities, theglobeandmail.com
"[The] panel will consult with companies across Canada to identify the most successful and promising ways in which employers are helping their workers to balance the responsibilities of their jobs with caring for a loved one..."
June 22, 2014
Toronto exhibit highlights fashion for people using wheelchairs, ctvnews.ca
"Izzy Camilleri has seen her signature creations featured on runways and on the big screen, but a new exhibit is offering a unique platform for the Canadian designer by showcasing her innovative fashions for people using wheelchairs."
June 22, 2014
Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips for exercise as a form of prevention, cbc.ca
"...the Ontario Brain Institute has launched an initiative to study the specific effects of physical activity on the prevention and management of Alzheimer’s Disease."
June 20, 2014
thehealthline.ca Information Network Wins Sector Innovation Award, thehealthline.ca
CaregiverExchange is a partnership website with thehealthline.ca - and we're very proud of the provincial expansion that made this site possible!
June 19, 2014
Prime Minister commits to new action on dementia as world leaders gather in London, alzheimers.org.uk
David Cameron announcing plans to ensure the UK plays a leading role in fulfilling the promise of last year's G8 summit on dementia...
June 16, 2014
Announcing the 2014 Heart of Home Care Award Winners, vha.ca
Ontario caregivers recognized for their extraordinary efforts
June 13, 2014
Osteoarthritis patients should keep walking: study, ctvnews.ca
Get out those pedometers!
June 11, 2014
Balancing work and caregiving obligations: new CHRC guide walks you through it, newswire.ca
"The CHRC's online guide offers employers and employees practical tips on what to do when an employee's family caregiving and work responsibilities come into conflict."
June 10, 2014
Scientists seek healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's in bid to thwart disease, ctvnews.ca
" ...a major study got underway Monday to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains harbour silent signs that they're at risk."
June 10, 2014
Canada needs national palliative care plan, CMA urges, theglobeandmail.com
"The report urges all Canadians to discuss their end-of-life wishes with family members and create an advance-care directive ... "
June 6, 2014
Canadian team finds root causes for 146 rare childhood diseases, theglobeandmail.com
“I think the biggest impact that will come from this is in our ability to change the way we care for patients...”
June 5, 2014
Rate of strokes among younger people on the rise, report says, theglobeandmail.com
Take care of yourselves! "You've got to move to live ... "
June 3, 2014
Caring for The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, aarp.org
An interview with Lonnie Ali about being a caregiver for a spouse with Parkinson's
May 29, 2014
Support line helps caregivers avoid these top five mistakes, thestarphoenix.com
...call the toll-free Canada Cares Caregiver Support Line for advice and direction at 1-855-619-5021..."
May 28, 2014
Pumping iron, pushing fitness at Hutton House, caledonenterprise.com
"...the fitness centre...will enable people who use wheelchairs, and others with limited mobility in the upper or lower body, to exercise..."
May 21, 2014
Why Caregiving Costs Women, investopedia.com
"... for adult daughters, who tend to shoulder a disproportionate amount of the burden, the financial costs of caring for an aging parent can be devastating..."
May 20, 2014
Understanding Anticipatory Grief in Caregiving, thecaregiversource.org
"Anticipatory grief refers to the process in which we begin to mourn past, present and future losses ... "
May 19, 2014
U.S. poll says more stressful caring for spouse than parent, ctvnews.ca
"... 7 in 10 who cared for a spouse said their relationship grew stronger as a result, nearly two-thirds said it caused stress in their family ..."
May 15, 2014
Weston family to fund new brain research institute, theglobeandmail.com
"One of Canada’s wealthiest families is ... speeding up the quest for cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases that ravage the aging mind."
May 13, 2014
The Current - Diagnosis: Dementia, cbc.ca
Listen to this special edition of The Current, focusing on dementia research, care and living with the disease.
May 12, 2014
Labour of love: Canada sees increase in elderly caregivers, ctvnews.ca
"In the last decade, the number of senior caregivers across the country has grown from eight per cent to 12 per cent – a looming issue among an increasingly aging Canadian society."
May 6, 2014
How man’s best friend helps kids with autism, theglobeandmail.com
"Echo’s given me relief ... He’s a calming influence that has made a huge difference in our life.”
May 5, 2014
Six hikes in Grey-Bruce to support hospice care, owensoundsuntimes.com
"More than 75 people have received end-of-life care at the residential hospice since it opened on May 29, 2013 ... "
May 5, 2014
Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care!, ehospice.com
National Hospice Palliative Care Week - May 4 - 10
May 2, 2014
Caregivers in Sudbury recognized as heroes, northernlife.ca
"Since his wife Bernadette was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, Gerry Bertrand has been her primary caregiver ... "
May 1, 2014
North East LHIN Celebrates Heroes in the Home, thesudburystar.com
Congratulations to the North East LHIN! On April 30 they held their inaugural Heroes in the Home caregiver recognition event.
April 29, 2014
Family Caregivers Bill Passes Final Vote, Ministry of Labour, Ontario
Excited to see this bill passed - and that it passed with all party support.
April 29, 2014
Managing ‘a funeral without an end’: A corporate solution to Canada’s growing ranks of ‘invisible’ caregivers, financialpost.com
"The ranks of caregivers – particularly those caring for loved ones suffering from dementia — are expected to balloon along with Canada’s aging population ..."
April 28, 2014
Laughter may be the best medicine for age-related memory loss, medicalnewstoday.com
Reader's Digest was right all along!
April 11, 2014
Disability community ‘has lost a true champion’ in Jim Flaherty, theglobeandmail.com
"Outside of financial circles, Jim Flaherty is best remembered as a relentless champion of Canadians with disabilities..."
April 6, 2014
Canadian Diabetes Association unveils Diabetes Charter for Canada, cbc.ca
The Charter lays out "the rights and responsibilities of patients, governments, health care providers and schools."
April 3, 2014
Decoding dementia: Knowing the cause can help you plan for the future, theglobeandmail.com
"Living with a neurodegenerative disease is a marathon, not a sprint. Dementia is a starting point, it’s not a diagnosis."
March 31, 2014
Retirees Help Caregivers Cope With Hospital Stays, nytimes.com
It's part of an unusual program that recruits retirees and specially trains them to help overwhelmed family members cope with a scary hospital stay ... "
March 24, 2014
Good mental health for all youth in Grey-Bruce important, owensoundsuntimes.com
“We know that one in five youth will be affected with a mental health issue before the age of 24..."
March 20, 2014
What does a happy, confident stroke caregiver look like in Canada?, globalnews.ca
"The research suggested happier caregivers ... carved out a space for their individual time, which is key."
March 20, 2014
More men take on caregiver role, usatoday.com
Interesting article - I've heard of the difference in how men and women approach caregiving before. What do you think?
March 19, 2014
Alzheimer's disease burden weighs heavily on women, cbc.ca
"Alzheimer’s disease affects many more women age 65 and older than men of that age..."
March 12, 2014
Healthy eating in midlife may prevent dementia: study, ctvnews.ca
We all know we're supposed to eat well. Here's another compelling reason to get ourselves on track.
March 9, 2014
Made-in-Canada smartphone device more easily monitors blood oxygen levels, ctvnews.ca
Interesting invention! I'm sure there are several applications that would benefit caregivers - if carees are prone to pneumonia, or have COPD, for instance...
March 7, 2014
Palliative care training gets $3M in federal money, cbc.ca
"The federal government is investing another $3 million into palliative care services over the next three years, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Thursday..."
March 5, 2014
Death rate from Alzheimer's vastly underreported, study says, ctvnews.ca
"According to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, Alzheimer’s is playing a role in almost six times more deaths than officially recorded..."
March 4, 2014
Dementia buddy program pairs patients with future doctors, cbc.ca
"At age 80, retired Chicago physician and educator Dan Winship is getting a bittersweet last chance to teach about medicine — only this time he's the subject... "
February 25, 2014
A new group started in Grey-Bruce to support hearing impaired, owensoundsuntimes.com
"Hearing loss and impairment is never an easy thing to go through especially for children and their parents ... which is why VOICE is there to give everyone in the area support they need and deserve."
February 21, 2014
Surprising 12 per cent of Canadians caring for someone with dementia, ctvnews.ca
"The survey asked 1,824 Canadians 18 years of age and over if they were caregivers to someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The results surprised even the poll takers..."
February 21, 2014
Personalized voices crafted for those with speech problems, cbc.ca
Fascinating! Read on if you're caring for someone who has lost the ability to speak...
February 18, 2014
Earlier palliative care helps patients with advanced cancer to cope, cbc.ca
“Giving advanced cancer patients earlier access to palliative care services improves their quality of life and their satisfaction with the care they are getting ... ”
February 17, 2014
Yoga helps cancer survivors lessen fatigue, inflammation, study finds, thestar.com
Interesting results from this study - could help anyone suffering from fatigue or inflammation.
February 12, 2014
Residential hospice providing compassionate end of life service, owensoundsuntimes.com
"Dying with dignity and comfort isn’t always an option for some, but it’s a service The Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce takes very seriously..."
February 1, 2014
Sharing your stress can help you cope: study, ctvnews.ca
Find a support group, get online, find a sympathetic ear - talk about your caregiving stress.