Na­tional Care­givers Week

– Show your sup­port

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

It is un­der the theme of “Sol­i­dar­ity” that Ap­pui Estrie is high­light­ing Na­tional Care­givers Week which runs from Novem­ber 1st to Novem­ber 7th. With the goal of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to rec­og­nize the role of care­givers to se­niors in Que­bec so­ci­ety, a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties have been planned for the re­gion, no­tably the pre­sen­ta­tion of a film and a play, con­fer­ences, a day of sen­si­tiz­ing, and the launch of a guide.

In 2013, we es­ti­mate that 85 % of care to se­niors was pro­vided by nat­u­ral care­givers. With a grow­ing, aging pop­u­la­tion, the ex­is­tence of a strong sup­port net­work for care­givers is quickly be­com­ing cru­cial. Ac­cord­ing to a 2012 re­port pub­lished by the In­sti­tut de la statis­tique du Que­bec, the pro­por­tion of peo­ple aged 65 and older in the Que­bec pop­u­la­tion will in­crease from 16 % to 28 % by 2061.

In fact, in Que­bec, more than a mil­lion peo­ple give their time, care and sup­port, with­out get­ting paid, to a se­nior ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a loss of au­ton­omy. In Estrie, it is es­ti­mated that about 45,000 peo­ple take that role. Nat­u­ral care­givers are all around us and their ac­tions de­serve to be rec­og­nized by those around them.

Ap­pui Estrie operates a Help line for care­givers at 1 855 852-7784. Resources for care­givers can also be found at www.lap­puiestrie.org.

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