The Experiences and Needs of Older Caregivers in Canada

This document examines the experiences of Canadian caregivers aged 65 and older, using data from the 2018 General Social Survey on caregiving given and received.
Year: 2020
Languages: English, French
Format: Document (article, report, guide, etc.), Web document or format
Dimension(s) of caregiving:
  • Realities of caregiving
  • Repercussions of caregiving

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Available both online and as a downloadable PDF (14 pages), this document draws on statistical data to examine the experiences of Canadian caregivers aged 65 and older. Topics addressed include types of caregiving activity, number of hours spent caregiving and the rewards and challenges of caregiving as reported by older caregivers. The document is published by Statistics Canada and is based on the‎ ‎2018 General Social Survey on Caregiving and Care Receiving.