The rewards and challenges that come with caregiving

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McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
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In Canada alone, more than eight million people – or 28% of the population aged 15 and over – provide care to older adult family members or friends, and the numbers will continue to climb as the proportion of older adults continues to rise. Eighty percent of older adults and people with long-term health issues are cared for at home by family and friends.

Caregiving is one of the greatest gifts we can provide a loved one and can also be a very rewarding experience. But it can also involve many challenges to the health, well-being and financial security of caregivers. As a caregiver, it is important to talk to family, friends, other caregivers and professionals to share information and find out about local supports and services. Accept offers of help and arrange for respite whenever and however you can. While caring for a loved one may be a top priority for you, it is also important to take care of your own health and well-being. We have compiled some of our caregiver resources that may be of help to you, or someone you know. We encourage you to share them with others!