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Older caregivers struggling during COVID-19

Feb 8, 2021

Melissa Northwood

Photo above: Dr. Melissa Northwood 

Dr. Melissa Northwood is the co-author of a new article in The Conversation about the difficulties that older adults are facing dealing with the additional burdens of home care during COVID. 

“Older caregivers report struggling with increased levels of responsibility, stress and isolation due to COVID-19 and pandemic-related protocols. A survey conducted by the Ontario Caregiver Organization have found 54 per cent of family caregivers have found it harder to manage their caregiving responsibilities since the pandemic began. 

Early in the pandemic, there was some recognition of the potential challenges that family caregivers were likely to face. However, the main focus was on controlling community spread of the virus and on institutional settings such as hospitals and long-term care residences….” 

Read the rest of the article at The Conversation: ​Older caregivers struggling...

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