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April 5th is National Caregiver Day

Happy Monday.

Last week’s blog stressed the importance of recognizing the gift and sacrifice that Canadians caregivers provide to their family and friends on a daily basis.

April 5th is National Caregiver Day when we recognize the nearly 8 million Canadians who care for family and friends who have chronic health conditions, disabilities or functional limitations. Look around, 1 in 4 Canadians provide unpaid care to a family member or friend.   And if you are back in an office, note that 35 % of employed Canadians  (your colleagues) are also providing caregiving and trying to balance – everything.

Young caregivers also need recognition.   An earlier study  highlighted that 12% of those surveyed considered themselves to be a caregiver.  Today, that number has increased and now 20% of young people identify themselves as being a young carer.  Elder Caring partnered with the Vanier Institute and produced “Lucky, The Young Carer Rap”  to help spread awareness.

While carers need recognition and support on a daily basis, I am highlighting a number of educational events that are happening tomorrow.

https://ontariocaregiver.ca/event/caregiver-webinar-series-reflections-on-being-a-family-caregiver/

https://www.canage.ca/balancing-work-and-care-strategies-for-meaningful-employment/

https://www.carerscanada.ca/national-caregiver-day-campaigns/

Elder Caring just celebrated its 18th birthday – which means as an organization I have formally been supporting caregivers and their families for a very long time.  I continue to be proud to support caregivers and their families every day.  Please join in tomorrow to celebrate carers and acknowledge their wonderful contributions and challenges.

 

About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 30 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email: amiller@eldercaring.ca

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