Learning more about who is providing unpaid care

How race, ethnicity, sex, gender and age relate to the health and wellbeing of unpaid caregivers is the focus of a new nationwide online survey being conducted by a researcher at the University of Toronto.

She said the decision to launch this study came after she took a rapid look at the issue of unpaid caregiving and mental health during the first wave of Covid pandemic in 2020. Of the 139 research papers published between 2003 and 2020 that touched on the subject, she found that only seven were Canadian and just one identified race and ethnicity — and even then, 95 per cent of the participants identified as white.

“We are growing our ageing population, and it is going to double to 4.5 million by 2041. And racial and ethnic minority seniors are the fastest growing segment of our aging population,” said Parry.

Read more in the Toronto Star.

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