Ways to help working caregivers balance responsibilities ….

Based on The Globe and Mail report

We see that many middle-aged workers who juggle the demands of their jobs with the care of an elderly loved one are choosing retirement over the emotional stress of being torn between their professional and private lives. But, with the economy facing labour-market shortages and as an aging population straining the social security system,what could be done?

“There are currently 6.1 million employed Canadians who are providing to a family member or friend,” Ms. Alice Wong, the Minister of State for Seniors said a news release. The federal Conservative government is searching for ways to keep Canadians working for as long as they want to be employed. “Our government will work with employers through the Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan to help identify cost-effective workplace solutions to support employed caregivers, helping them to achieve a better balance of work and caring responsibilities.”To that end, the Minister of State for Seniors, will announce a Canadian Employers for Caregivers Plan that aims to find ways to accommodate workers who are caregivers during their off hours.

Ottawa to seek ways to help working caregivers balance responsibilities – The Globe and Mail.

related: Caring for my sick husband, I am going through untold suffering


Bullying: A societal problem across the ages

June is recognized in Canada as both Senior’s Month and Elder Abuse Awareness month and how sad that this month concludes with headlines of a viral video on the bullying of an older person. (I watched in shock the video of the Ms. Klein being verbally threatened and abused by her charges)

There are several different definitions of “abuse of older adults” are used in Canada. The National Seniors Council on Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization use the following definition of elder abuse, developed by Action on Elder Abuse in the United Kingdom: “A single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person.”

The Advocacy Centre for the Elderly define elder abuse as: Elder abuse is harm done to an older person by someone in a special relationship to the older person.


Elder abuse includes:Bullying: A Societal Problem Across The Ages.- Caregiver News