Eldercareâ€”a family matter
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January 22, 2010
Parents care for their children the best way they know how. Now, those children are adults facing the fact itâ€™s their turn at care. How prepared are we?
According to a Stats Canada report on Eldercare: What We Know Today more than 1.7 million adults aged 45 to 64 provide informal care to almost 2.3 million seniors with long-term disabilities or physical limitations.
Most of these caregivers are also in the work force, with 7 out of every 10 caregivers in this age range employed, and many are women.
A new Camosun College continuing education class takes a hard, cold look at the knowledge and supports needed when itâ€™s our turn to care with warmth and respect.
The Caring for Your Aging Parent class runs over two Wednesday evenings, February 17 and March 3 and costs $75.
Learn what support is available, when and how to ask for it. If taking a parent to the medical appointments is a responsibility, learn what to ask at the doctor and pharmacy, how to track medical records and how to navigate the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA.)
Caring for Your Aging Parent is lead by an registered nurse and a Camosun continuing education coordinator with extensive experience in Home and Community Care at VIHA.
Caring for Your Aging Parent Do you help your parent get to medical appointments? Learn what to ask at the doctor and pharmacy, how to track medical records and how to navigate VIHA. The class runs at Lansdowne campus over two Wednesday evenings, February 17 and March 3 6:30-9:30pm. Cost - $75.
To register, call 250â€“370â€“3550 and quote course code 2010W HLHS 732V, or online.
Valerie Montague is one of the instructors, along with Cheryl Upright, a registered nurse involved in health care research for more than 22 years.
Montague worked extensively in Home and Community Care at the Vancouver Island Health Authority. She is currently the Program Coordinator for Health and Human Services at Camosunâ€™s Continuing Education department. Montague developed this course to guide people who are beginning to care for a parent and are unsure of how to navigate the layers of the health care system.
Last updated: February 25, 2010 12:49 pm