How a caregiver assessment can promote seniors’ mental health

Categories: Policy.

February 6, 2014

1:00- 2:30 PM Eastern Time

In September 2013, Statistics Canada reported caregivers who cared for their spouse were more likely than other caregivers to report signs of psychological distress, including feelings of depression. Due to the nature and duration of care, seniors caring for a spouse with dementia are of particular risk for depression and anxiety with all their accompanying problems: isolation, lack of self-care, insomnia, etc. With the projected increase in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, helping senior spousal caregivers to maintain their mental health during the caregiving journey is of paramount concern.

Join us on February 6, 2014 when family caregiver experts, Dr. Janice Keefe, Professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging along with Nancy Guberman from the Université du Québec à Montréal will discuss the role of a caregiver assessment tool in promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of older spousal caregivers.

This Fireside Chat, sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, will be of interest to government policy and program representatives, health and social care practitioners, seniors’ organizations, academic researchers, and students in the field of gerontology, psychology, nursing and social work.

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