Young caregivers put future careers at risk, study shows

Young caregivers put future careers at risk, study shows

One in four Canadians aged 15 to 19 helps someone with challenges resulting from illness, disability or aging, according to University of Alberta researchers. Most are in school, and 60 per cent of young caregivers also work. While 47 per cent of young caregivers...
This Is The Biggest Life Event That Millennials Don’t See Coming

This Is The Biggest Life Event That Millennials Don’t See Coming

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news here, but you are about to get sucked into a hellhole unlike anything you’ve ever previously imagined. It will devastate you, leave you emotionally spent, make you physically ill and resentful at times. It could totally derail your...
I see you

I see you

A few weeks ago, I was at the beach and I saw a young woman walking with her two little boys and her husband.  Her husband was disabled, walking with a cane and appearing to have lost some muscle function in his arms and legs.  I keep thinking about the woman and what...
Facing the unknown, with hope

Facing the unknown, with hope

My son was born two years ago. Nothing pains me more than knowing he will never know my mom for the person she was my entire life. That someday she may not know who he is at all, when one of her biggest dreams was for a grandchild, is a terrifying and unsettling...
Caregiving During Public Tragedy

Caregiving During Public Tragedy

On September 11th, 2001, I remember coming home from school to watch the television, the smoke and sirens in New York City filling the screen. I was greeted by my mother who was lying in the bed, a place she knew well. Nearly two years prior, my mother underwent a...
Do All Caregivers Matter?

Do All Caregivers Matter?

Caregivers of ALL ages need support. Shouldn’t we simply support ALL caregivers? When I speak to the community about the needs of child and young adult caregivers, I often hear those two remarks in response. On the surface, both appear to offer unreserved support for...
What binds us

What binds us

During a drive to work I began thinking about the differences between an “average Joe” and a caregiver in terms of personality and temperament. Not to say we’re not “normal” (what is normal anyway?) or like every other human being, but I...
Missing out

Missing out

I spend my nights in the ER while my friends are out having fun I admit it. I’ve felt pangs of jealousy before…  When I was a caregiver, I felt it pretty often sitting in the hospital. It seemed my grandparents and I frequented the emergency room. This is when...
Resources for young caregivers

Resources for young caregivers

Usually when we think of children and caregiving, we think of the children receiving the caregiving. However, as more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic illnesses, more children between the ages of 8 and 18 are becoming responsible to give care to their...
The Hail-Mary post

The Hail-Mary post

Sometimes I forget what 65.7 million looks like. I’ve been combing the web for months looking for caregiver’s stories on blogs, forums, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest. I’ve turned up many, but few command a web-presence. For a couple minutes I can...