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  1. LifecyclesAging Canada’s population will undergo considerable aging as it moves into the 21st century, and this demographic shift will have social impacts on Canadians. According to Stats Canada by 2016 Canada’s population will rise to 37 million from 29 million and half of those people will be over 40 while 16%will be over the age of 74 This is up from the current 12% and the proportion will increase to almost 25% by 2041

  2. Role of theCaregiver Over the past 10 years about 47 million baby boomers in NA found themselves facing the role of caregivers to a parent, relative or elderly friend This does not count seniors that will be caring for a chronically ill spouse Informal Support: Unpaid help given by friends, neighbours, and family Formal Support: Refers to doctors, nurses, and social workers involved in caring for the elderly

  3. Role of theCaregiver Adult children provide much of the support to their elderly parent although researchers have found that daughters provide more care than sons This shows that women are considered more nurturers in the NA culture A major stress is within adult siblings taking care of elderly parents

  4. Role of the caregiver Also older people feel they receive less than their children say they give to de-emphasize in order not to see themselves as a burden on their children, this refers to Developmental Stake -This can result in tension when adult children don’t feel appreciated

  5. Role of the caregiver Spousal support is another large area -Most elderly report that their spouse is their main source of support even if they are old and frail themselves, approximately 75 hours a week

  6. Caregiver burden Refers to problems and stress due to care giving Researchers state that spouses experience more stress than adult children because they see their partner decline mentally and physically Spouses probably have their own health problems

  7. Caregiver burden These stresses are likely to increase due to changes in the family structure such as women in the workforce, adult children living at home and greater geographic mobility resulting in more people putting family members in nursing homes This burden of the caregiver does not end due to the long travel time for visits Quasi-widowhood: refers to the fact that women felt relief after their spouses were placed in institutions, but they also felt failure, anger, guilt, sadness, depression and grief

  8. Independent living arrangements As the aging population grows where will the elderly live? Less than 5% of the elderly live in long-term care facilities in Ontario alone and 100 000 people on a waiting list If a senior cannot take care of their home anymore (outdoor and indoor choirs) there has to be alternative arrangements (apartment, living with adult children etc..)

  9. Recent popular trends Increase in the proportion of older women living alone Fewer people living with their adult children -People having fewer children - Independence is strongly valued in our culture

  10. Granny flats As society ages residential planners are starting to explore new ideas in housing Granny Flats: A granny flat consists of a portable modular cottage which is placed onto the adult child’s property