No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiver

There are a few basic truths that reveal themselves in almost every story of sudden-onset caregiving. The first is that love remains intact

No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiverFalling into caregiving is a particularly apt descriptor for anyone whose spouse has suffered a stroke or received a cancer diagnosis. The day of a loved one’s serious head injury is the marker for a family life before and after caregiving. A catastrophic event or diagnosis catapults a caregiver into another land – a territory…

Shopping for European health care is not the cure

Selecting features from European systems and pasting them into Canadian medicare will not magically give us a “European” model

Shopping for European health care is not the cureBy Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas The University of Ottawa A legal challenge to Canada's medicare system has given new focus to the much-needed debate about how health service is provided in this country. The Supreme Court of British Columbia is hearing the long-anticipated challenge to the publicly-funded Canadian health system. The plaintiffs – led by…

Five things about autism that everyone should know

Media stories that get it wrong can contribute to how others perceive those with autism – and perpetuate potentially dangerous stereotypes

Five things about autism that everyone should knowToo often, well-meaning journalists get it wrong when they write about autism. It’s not so much the content of their stories that misses the mark as the language they use to describe autism. It can be easy to unintentionally offend – or worse, misrepresent – the autism community they are meant to describe. Why does…

Caregivers are Canada’s unsung healthcare heroes

Unpaid, overworked, stressed out and ignored by governments

Caregivers are Canada’s unsung healthcare heroesWe all know one. The person who spends their waking – and working – hours dispensing medicine, providing personal care, doing laundry, preparing meals, arranging schedules and getting their loved one to their medical appointments. They are called caregivers, and their life is no longer their own. So a care aide called in by a…

15 year old caregiver battles stress, financial worries

Mom suffered spinal injury and now fights with the Ontario’s Workplace Safety Insurance Bureau for compensation

15 year old caregiver battles stress, financial worriesSix days before Natasha Davidson turned 11 years old her mother suffered an accident to her spine. Natasha has been her mother’s caregiver ever since. Now, at age 15, she feels guilt, stress, but also a sense of pride in her mother’s fight to be well again. On September 13, 2009, her mother, Dawn-Anne, 46,…
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