April 5 designated Family Caregiver Day

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Alzheimer Society of Canada highlights resources for caregivers

Yesterday, April 5, was designated National Family Caregiver Day. The first Tuesday of every April is held to honour and celebrate the approximately 8.1 million family caregivers in Canada who care for loved ones in need.

One in four of these Canadian family caregivers are also raising children, and 35 per cent of Canada’s workforce is made up of “employed” family caregivers, according to an Elizz article.

In recognition of the day, the Alzheimer Society of Canada highlighted a number of resources for caregiving at every stage of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as self-care tips.

“Many caregivers tend to set their own needs aside while caring for the person with Alzheimer’s disease and hope that if they don’t think about it, the stress might just go away,” an article published by the society states. For the full list of resources, click here.

Also to mark the day, in Toronto, celebrity photographer Christopher Wahl published a portrait series called “Faces of Caregiving” with a view to raising awareness, while shining a light on the human side of caregiving.

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