Are Canadians (Notably Millennials) Ready to Care for Growing Senior Population? The Survey Results Are InNectari
Are Canadians (Notably Millennials) Ready to Care for Growing Senior Population? In July, nearly 10,000 Canadians participated in a recent survey by uCarenet and our partner William Osler Health System and AGE-WELL. The survey results are in and they revealed a few surprises. Millennials are caring for family members with Alzheimers .
We were surprised to see a large number of responses from millennials. A sandwich generation that is tasked with looking after both young children and ageing parents in the home. Canada is following a similar trend in the U.S. where nearly twenty-five percent of primary caregivers for seniors with Alzheimers are millennials.”
What do the stats tell us?
By 2031, Statistics Canada predicts nearly one in four Canadians will be over 65 and this age group is growing. According to The Canadian Health Institute of Canada, so is the number of people living with dementia. uCarenet’s study shows 56% of respondents currently care for (or expect to care for) a family member in the next three to five years. Most importantly, the biggest concerns from people caring for an ageing family member is providing assistance with daily living such as meal prep, dressing, and hygiene. Followed by helping them deal with loneliness or lack of companionship.
What difficulties are families encountering?
The majority of respondents say their main difficulties with helping their parent(s) age in-home are:
- finding reliable and trustworthy caregivers, followed by
- their family member’s reluctance to accept help.
For those who are not currently (but expect to become) caregivers, concerns about:
- absenteeism and loss of productivity are the second biggest challenges they foresee.
The latter makes sense. As 52% of those respondents are employed full time. Besides that, it should also be noted the majority of those surveyed (33.8%) would prefer a government subsidy. Directed at supporting families in fulfilling their in-home care needs. Why? Because this way families can customize the care required to their family’s needs and budget..
It has been a busy couple of months for uCarenet. First, we launched the new Caremap™ home care app connects caregivers and care seekers in a way that transforms homecare. It allows caregivers and care seekers to take advantage of the new gig economy while allowing seniors to remain in their home and community (which they prefer), and out of long-term care facilities. It hopes to reduce unneeded emergency room visits by replacing antiquated processes. You can download the Caremap™ app here.