The front page of this Saturday’s Globe and Mail featured a powerful story by @ZosiaBielski on the elder care crisis that’s leaving “families stressed, exhausted and looking for help…” The article, With a looming aging crisis, who is helping the caregivers?, defined the crisis in these terms:

“…elder care leaves families stressed, exhausted and looking for help, a challenge particularly felt by women. A patchwork of hospital programs, government supports and online communities….offer a blueprint for the way forward, bringing family caregivers to the foreground in medicine, while keeping them healthy themselves.”

The Globe highlighted the Enhancing Care for Dementia Care Partners program as one of those models offering “a blue print for the way forward”, saying:

“…For caregivers helping relatives and friends who live with dementia, the Sinai Health System’s Reitman Centre in Toronto and Alzheimer Societies across Ontario now provide in-person and online programs that offer psychological support and skills training on managing dementia-related behaviours. Funded by the province, the programs teach caregivers how to overcome difficult scenarios at home and meaningfully communicate with their loved ones as the disease takes its toll.

Ms. Beed believes these kinds of educational help hubs are increasingly necessary.

“Our generation is looking at caring for really complex illnesses in our parents, siblings, children or partners,” she said. “The complexity of the demand has shifted over the generations. It’s not like we have a lot of role models…”

Below are a sampling of some of the professional voices, caregiver advocates and discussion generated on social media around the article:

André Picard |

Health columnist at The Globe and Mail

Kelly Grant |

Health news reporter for The Globe and Mail

Zosia Bielski |

Journalist for The Globe and Mail

Dr. Nathan Stall |

Geriatrics/Internal Medicine @MountSinai

The Change Foundation

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