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Caregivers need support

This week, Ontario’s Finance Minister, Charles Sousa announced plans to provide 20 million dollars for additional respite care. The money, he says, will help caregivers “lighten the load” of a “difficult” job. For caregivers in Ontario, this budget increase will likely be well received. Caregivers across the country need support and governmental recognition of their financial and emotional struggles. This is a key step in ensuring our aging population will be well cared for. Caregiving is one of the most rewarding and challenging responsibilities one can have, and it’s very common for adults to be caregivers to their aging parents. Many people come to the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal for resources to support caregivers. Read more below.

Featured Resources

  1. Blog Post: Can you relate? Options to improve support for unpaid caregivers
  2. Blog Post: Internet connections: Family caregivers of people with dementia may benefit from online support
  3. Web Resource Rating: Caregiver depression: Prevention counts
  4. Web Resource Rating: CSC: Caregiver self care
  5. Evidence Summary: Web-based support benefits caregivers of cancer patients
  6. Evidence Summary: Peer support programs may be a promising way to support caregivers of people with dementia

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