By Elizabeth Nykorowytsch Macnab
Many of us know an older person with a serious illness or a younger person with an ongoing health problem. Many factors contribute to promoting people to stay in their own homes, such as deinstitutionalisation of younger people and ageing-in-place for older people. For people to stay longer in community, the demand for informal care giving is becoming an ever more important concern for policy-makers. Informal caregivers are unpaid and are usually family or friends who support and care for people with disabilities or illness.
Across Ontario, non-profits and local groups are taking the time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of hundreds of the informal caregivers who look after their parents, spouse, sibling or child. April 4th please take the time to celebrate their contributions.
In Toronto, one of the places that National Caregiver Day will be celebrated is at City Hall. If you cannot come to that location because of your care giving commitments or live outside Toronto, you can connect to live streaming on at 10:30 am by clicking onto the following link on April 4:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa6PgMEo98RrcKQ7-pT8AbQ. That way you can experience the celebration by remote.
Eight (8) satellite sites across Toronto are also participating in the Caregiver celebration on April 4th. A special thank you to North York Community House and Toronto Library for organizing the following locations to host the activities:
- Chinese community – Wellness Centre
Address: 3660 Midland Ave., Unit 103, Scarborough, ON, M1V 0B8
Contact info: T 416-291-3883
- People’s Church
Address: 374 Sheppard Avenue E., North York
- Parya Trillium Foundation
Address: 344 John St, Thornhill
- Toronto North Support Services
Address: 132 Railside Road, Unit 2, Toronto, ON M3A 1A3.
Contact info: 416-499-5969 ex 222
Toronto Public Libraries
- York Woodsbranch - 1785 Finch Ave W. (Finch in between Keele and Jane)
- Downsview branch - 2793 Keele St. (Keele and Wilson)
- Don Mills branch - 888 Lawrence Ave. E. (Don Mills and Lawrence)
- Eatonville branch - 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd. (Burnhamthorpe and The East Mall – and easy access from the 427)
Want to learn more about care giving or to find resources? Please visit the following links:
Alzheimer Society: www.alzheimer.ca/english/index.php
Canadian Caregiver Association: www.cca-acaf.ca
Canadian Caregiver Coalition: www.ccc-ccan.ca
Homewatch Caregivers: www.homewatchcaregivers.com