The obstacles to learning about caring for elders in Canada (2007)

Lessons in Learning – July 12, 2007

More Canadians than ever before are living to age 85 and older and many still live in their own homes, thanks to help from an informal caregiver. These caregivers, who are usually spouses or middle-aged children, are often ill-equipped for the physical, emotional, and financial toll of their responsibilities, the authors of this paper say. But formidable barriers prevent them from acquiring the very information and services that would ease their burden.

Among the barriers the authors identify are low literacy; low fluency in English or French; cultural insensitivity in health care; and overly complex health-related materials.

They encourage the use of clear language and design in health materials; training to help health-care professionals work effectively with diverse populations; and hands-on training for caregivers to help them gain skills and confidence.

The authors point out that while helping informal caregivers learn the skills they need may well require a significant investment, it is unlikely to approach the value of informal caregivers’ contributions to society, which Statistics Canada pegs at between $15 billion and $25 billion annually.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). The obstacles to learning about caring for elders in Canada 2007. Web. 2 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/obstacles_caring_elders/obstacles_caring_elders.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2007). The obstacles to learning about caring for elders in Canada. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/obstacles_caring_elders/obstacles_caring_elders.pdf
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