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Whether its books, podcasts, videos, or helpful websites, we’re sharing some of our favourite resources with you in the hope that learning from others will help you on your journey.

Listen up. Watch. Read on. And, share the one’s you find the most useful with friends and family.


The Accidental Caregiver

Estimates suggest almost half of the adult population will someday be a caregiver, whether for an aging parent, an ailing partner, or a disabled family member. It is a role that tends to fall on people without warning, and almost certainly without preparation or training. Even Dr. Kimberly Fraser, a nurse who ran a large home support business, found it a struggle when her father needed increasing levels of care. In this timely and urgently needed book, she gives readers sound, practical advice on how to meet with humanity and optimism the bewildering array of challenges facing caregivers: where to find help, how to navigate a confusing healthcare system, how to deal with constant demands, how to keep one’s own life from being overwhelming. Kimberly Fraser is an author, speaker, and former Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing with the University of Alberta, and Clinician Scientist-Home Care with Alberta Health Services.


Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to
Dementia and Elder Care

Anne Basting lays the groundwork for a widespread transformation in our approach to elder care and uses compelling, touching stories to inspire and guide us all—family, friends, and health professionals—in how to connect and interact with those living with dementia. A MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Basting tells the story of how she pioneered a radical change in how we interact with our older loved ones. Now used around the world, this proven method has brought light and joy to the lives of elders—and those who care for them.  For the first time, everyone can learn these methods.


Volunteering: How to find the right role

Wondering what to do now that you’ve entered retirement? Volunteering is a great way to spend your time in a meaningful way. 
Mary Bart, the founder of Caregiving Matters shares ideas on finding the right volunteer role for you.


Frozen shoulder: Do steroid injections help?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition that can be triggered by an injury or surgery. In his video,
Dr. Raj Carmona discusses what causes frozen shoulder, the three distinct phases, and the range of treatment options, including the evidence for the use of steroid injections. McMaster Optimal Aging Portal – mcmasteroptimalagingportal.org


Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians

One in five Canadians provides or will provide eldercare to a parent in need, and as baby boomers age, this number is likely to grow. Ensure your loved one receives the best care possible with the Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians. It’s the natural course of life, but so many children of aging parents are unprepared. When a parent’s health begins to fail, an adult child is left scrambling to balance his or her time, and even just to cope. This guide will provide you with valuable tips and advice to help you provide good eldercare while balancing your time. This comprehensive guide answers questions such as: What should you expect when caregiving for your elderly parent? Should your parent stay at home, or move to assisted living? Who should you ask for help when you need it? How do you balance caregiving responsibilities with your personal life? The author guides you through typical caregiving issues and includes checklists for each area of eldercare.