With a looming aging crisis, who is helping the caregivers?

Sunday, April 14th, 2019

“The cost and consequences of caring for an aging family member are high, and higher for women than they are for men, and higher still if there are no workplace, community or family supports to assist them”… the problem with women’s eldercare is that it is ultimately a problem of unpaid work that persists throughout women’s lives, from child care to household chores to emotional labour to end-of-life care… “We will all be caregivers and care receivers at some point in time. We need to figure out how to do this well.”

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Psychosis higher in urban areas, researchers find

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Sep. 10, 2010
The researchers believe the causes include poverty and poor social cohesion – that’s community spirit, or “the level of trust, social networks and bonds,”… although most of the risk for developing a psychotic illness emerges from individual characteristics such as family history or drug use, a person’s environment is important… The researchers looked at the neighbourhoods each psychotic patient had been raised in. They found the poorer and “less stable” the neighbourhood – including areas with many single-parent families moving in and out frequently – the more likely the individual was to suffer some form of psychosis as an adult.

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Good relationships have direct health benefits: study

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Jul. 27, 2010
… people with strong relationships are 50 per cent more likely to live longer than those with few social links with family, friends, neighbours or colleagues. Or to put it another way, the researchers say their study shows that isolation carries the same risk of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, not exercising, or being an alcoholic or severely obese… being part of a social network, makes people feel needed and boosts self-esteem. They add that people who feel that others depend on them take better care of themselves.

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Today’s college kids are 40-per-cent less empathetic, study finds

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Jun. 01, 2010
Mary Gordon, the Toronto founder and president of Roots of Empathy, also blames a “poverty of time” in families. “You have to experience empathy to continue to develop it. If children don’t have enough opportunity and parents don’t have enough time to be with their children, it’s really difficult,” she said. The non-profit organization offers an experiential learning program to students from kindergarten to Grade 8 to help beef up children’s “emotional literacy.” School officials typically call the organization after they’ve seen a spike in bullying.

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