SENIORCENTRIC NEWS ROUNDUP FOR WEEK ENDING Oct 3, 2020

Scanning the globe for news by, for and about Senior Citizens

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the rights and health of older persons: as of September 2020, nearly 9 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the UNECE region have been among adults aged 65 years and older. The region currently hosts more than 30 per cent of the world’s population aged 65 and above.

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‘Seniors deserve better’: Protesters rally at International Day of Older Persons event

CTV NEW REPORT

Supporters with several advocacy groups gathered in Edmonton Thursday morning to highlight the issues they say are facing Alberta seniors.

The event was organized by Friends of Medicare and coincided with the province’s flag raising for International Day of Older Persons.

“What we want is for Albertans to actually understand that the reality that we have in our continuing care system is not working, that we need to learn from this pandemic and take a step back and reimagine and rethink how we provide care for seniors,” Friends of Medicare executive director Sandra Azocar said.

Carrying signs and banners, the protesters shouted “seniors deserve better” at Seniors and Housing Minister Josephine Pon during the ceremony.


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Caregiving that lasts decades can take a toll: U of A research

“Caregiving” is often more than a brief, one-off experience and for those coping as caregivers for decades, it can take a toll on health, finances and relationships, shows new research out of the University of Alberta.

The first studyof its kind to gauge caregiving across a person’s lifetime debunks the myth that looking after a sick loved one tends to be brief, said study lead Janet Fast, a family economist in the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences.

“Caregivers often give up a lot. Providing care to a family member or friend with a chronic health condition, disability or aging-related need can go on for just a few years for some caregivers, while it can span several decades for others,” said Fast, in a U of A news release.

Such lengthy efforts to care for loved ones can cause the caregiver, over time, chronic stress, loneliness, poor health, disrupted careers, pensions and crumbled relationships, adds study co-author Jacquie Eales, who worked with Caregivers Alberta to create a video series about such challenges. Easles adds that some caregivers are “in crisis mode all the time.” 

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