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Are you an unpaid caregiver to an elderly parent or loved one? You’re not alone. In a recently released 2023 survey, Statistics Canada reported that in 2018, over one-quarter of Canadians aged 15+ were caregivers, providing 5.7 billion hours of unpaid care. And that number is growing.
Stats Canada reports that over half of caregivers felt worried or anxious because of their caregiving responsibilities, and about the same percentage felt tired during the past 12 months.
About 40% of Canadians say their mental health deteriorated during the pandemic. Mental health struggles are a normal response to a major crisis and accessing the many free mental health resources available can help people to bounce back.
We all need to see the light. Sunlight—and the vitamin D we receive from it—is important to our health and wellbeing. In fact, science has long made the connection between bone health and vitamin D.
Research studies show kindness and self-compassion can help ease stress, promote healthy eating and exercise, improve diabetes self-care, build resilience and restore sleep quality.
Public Health experts strongly advise that you accept the first COVID-19 vaccine that comes available and caution against the risks associated with waiting for a particular vaccine.
When we think of someone caring for an older adult, we may assume it is an adult child supporting an aging parent. However, a quarter of Canadians over the age of 65 are also caregivers themselves.
“Should I wipe down my groceries?” “Is it safe to go to the doctor’s?” “Can I hug my grandkids?” are just some of the dilemmas we face every day.
In the first few months of the pandemic when we were all hunkered down, almost everyone was focused on responding to the situation at hand.
Caring for a parent could have a significant impact on your psychological and physical health. About 60% of Canadians caring for an aging parent report multiple signs of distress, and over 1 in 5 say their overall health suffered. To stay healthy, balance caregiving responsibilities with self-care. Eat healthy meals regularly, exercise to boost energy and improve sleep, and ask for help so you can do things you enjoy.
Nearly 30% of Canadians provide informal, unpaid care, and those between 45 and 64 provide 75% of informal care for older adults. Many feel squeezed by the responsibilities of caring for an aging parent and childrearing, especially women in the workforce, who typically spend more time on caregiving tasks than men.
It is admirable to be dedicated to providing excellent care for an aging loved one; however, it may be important for you to take a step back and examine if your role is affecting your wellness.

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