City recognizes caregivers at Family Caregiver Day event

Councillor Cynthia Lai and Councillor James Pasternak were joined at City Hall by community partner Alzheimer Society of Toronto and other partner organizations to recognize caregivers who care for family and friends in need of support and to proclaim April 2 Family Caregiver Day in Toronto.

“Caring for an ailing friend, loved one or someone who needs assistance because of a condition or due to age, even on a temporary basis, can be rewarding, but at the same time, emotionally, physically and financially stressful. Events like this give us an opportunity to give these special individuals some of the recognition they deserve. It is important for the city to provide the necessary support and assistance to caregivers, especially if our senior population grows to be one fourth of the population by 2031 as projected,” said Pasternak.

Family caregivers represent almost 30 per cent of Toronto’s population and provide compassionate care to a person or persons who need assistance due to a disability, a physical, neurological or mental condition, a chronic illness, frailty or age. These caregivers balance their personal lives and careers with their care-giving duties, which are unpaid and can be a full-time job in itself.

People who attended the event heard inspiring stories from fellow caregivers and had the opportunity to speak with health care professionals about services and resources available for Toronto caregivers.

In January 2017, Toronto city council passed a motion to proclaim the first Tuesday in April each year as Family Caregiver Day. Toronto residents are encouraged to recognize the contribution of caregivers and to demonstrate their support and appreciation for their efforts though the hashtag #careitforward.

Photo: Family caregivers represent almost 30 per cent of Toronto’s population and provide compassionate care to a person or persons who need assistance due to a disability, a physical, neurological or mental condition, a chronic illness, frailty or age.

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