When we are advocating for caregivers, it is important to have research to back up our arguments. Caregivers Alberta partners with researchers across Canada to gain a better understanding of the issues caregivers face and how they can be better supported. By participating in research, you have the opportunity to influence the supports that are developed for caregivers.

Health Canada on Palliative Care

Health Canada would like to invite you to an online public consultation on palliative care in Canada.

This consultation is the first step in the development of a Framework upon which the federal Minister of Health will report by December of this year. We are interested in the views, lived-experiences and innovative ideas from a broad range of people, including health care providers, people living with life-threatening illness, caregivers and family members, and the public at large.

The online consultation is unique in that it covers off various discussion topics between now and July 2018. It is designed to be a conversation among Canadians, with opportunities to post your thoughts and experiences, respond to other people’s posts, share your stories and innovative ideas, and browse an extensive library of excellent resources and videos. With this amount of rich information and so many opportunities for discussion we designed the consultation to be interactive and evolving. Every few weeks, different themes will be introduced for discussion, so please register to join the conversation, and bookmark the page. We invite you to pick those topics that most appeal to you in the Key Dates section and join those conversations. We hope you will come back again and again!

This is a subject that affects all of us, so please share this invitation among your memberships and networks.

Let’s Talk about it! www.letstalkhealth.ca

The School of Public Policy – at University of Calgary

Calgary School of Public Policy – Are you a caregiver of a senior citizen and below the age of 65 and living in the Calgary area?  Earn $25/session to tell them about your care-giving experience in an important new study.  For more information contact:
http://Akram.mahani@ucalgary.ca

Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research – SPOR

If you check their website: https://albertainnovates.ca/our-health-innovation-focus/the-alberta-spor-support-unit/ – you can see available research opportunities and also some of the training/education that is available for researchers and patients – many of which are online.

Enhancing Caregiver Well-Being – University of Alberta

We know the significant impact that caring for someone with a health issue can have on caregivers’ employment, and their health, social and financial well-being.  The intent of this survey is to understand the goals caregivers want to accomplish now and in the future, both as a person and as a caregiver – and the role that technology may play in achieving these goals.  For the opportunity to complete the survey contact:

https://ualbertarapp.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IsOmLddeamzBJz

Research Project on Social Isolation Among Indigenous Seniors in the City of Edmonton.

The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) has been awarded a contract from Age Friendly Edmonton (AFE) to complete a research project on social isolation among Indigenous seniors in the City of Edmonton. AFE is an initiative to build a city that values, respects, and actively supports the well-being of seniors, and is co-led by the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council. This project will impact future policy change in Edmonton by highlighting the experiences of real people in our community, and allow us to plan for positive and lasting change.

We are searching for caregivers of Indigenous seniors to participate in an in-person interview to discuss their challenges, barriers, and opportunities as caregivers. Caregivers can be defined as a family member, a friend, or a paid caregiver who spends a significant amount of time caring for an Indigenous senior whom is 55 years of age or older. A small gift will be provided to participants upon meeting with us, and the interview should take 30 to 45 minutes. Participants have no obligation to take part in our research and may withdraw their participation at any time up to seven days after the interview has been completed.

Results will be disseminated to Age Friendly Edmonton and all participating organizations in October of 2018, and will be used to inform policy and practice. No identifying material will be retained and attached to the data, and all individuals’ participation shall remain confidential. Potential risks are minimal but may involve the discussion of sensitive or uncomfortable topics.

We are hoping to begin interviews soon; if you are a caretaker interested in participating in an interview (or know someone else who is), please contact Alexa Byrd at 780-423-2031, ext. 356 or research@edmontonsocialplanning.ca. An interview will be scheduled at the participant’s convenience.

Age-Well National Impact Challenge

Voting open:  Aug 1 – 17, 2018

The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge  aims to identify great new ideas for technology-based solutions that will improve the quality of life of older Canadians and/or their caregivers.

60 short videos were submitted by Canadians from coast to coast and we want your help selecting finalists for our live pitch competition at AGE-WELL’s Annual Conference this October in Vancouver, BC.

Which idea do you think has the potential to have the greatest impact on the lives of older adults and their caregivers?

Visit the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge webpage and vote once a day for your favourite innovation between now and August 17, 2018.