Research on Aging, Policies, and Practice (RAPP) is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults and their families by bridging research, policies, and practice. We focus on care and support of older adults and adults with chronic illness or disability, costs incurred by family/friend caregivers, contributions and social inclusion, and age-friendly rural communities. We consider the environments in which people live their lives, including family, work, community, and policy contexts. >>more
Released September 25, 2013
Gifts of a Lifetime: The contributions of older Canadians. As part of her directed research project, masters student Zhaowen Mei worked with the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) Advocacy Committee to document the contributions that older Canadians make to our society:
- to their families as caregivers, parents and grandparents
- to their communities as volunteers and charitable donors
- to the market as employees and consumers
- and to the state as citizens and taxpayers.
Released January 30, 2013
The Economic Costs of Care
Caregiving is increasingly a normative experience. More than 1 in 4 Canadians (26% of men, 31% of women) or 3.8 million people aged 45 or older provide assistance to an adult with a long term health condition or physical limitation. And more than half (52%) of all women and 40% of all men aged 45 and older reported that they had provided care to someone with a long term health problem at some time since they were 15 years old. These two reports (1) identify the short and long term economic costs that family/friend caregivers and their employers incur, and (2) examine Canadian's caregiving trajectories across the life course and risk factors for experiencing care-related employment consequences.
A framework and literature review on the economic costs of care by N. Keating, D. Lero, J. Fast, S. Lucas* and J. Eales.
The intersection of caregiving and employment by J. Fast, D. Dosman, D. Lero, and S. Lucas*.
Care-Related Out-of-Pocket Costs by K. Duncan, S. Shooshtari, K. Roger, and J. Fast
The Availability, Accessibility and Effectiveness of Workplace Supports for Canadian Caregivers by D. Lero, N. Spinks, J. Fast, M. Hilbrecht and D.G. Tremblay
International research has found elderly people living in regional areas are struggling with the cost of living.The research says rising costs are having a harsh impact on quality of life for the elderly, who need more support from the community.
The struggle for work-life balance assumes we have one job that we are trying to balance with personal pursuits and time with romantic partners or kids. But Norah Keating, a professor of human ecology at the University of Alberta, says an aging population means governments, companies and the public have to be alert to the fact many Canadians are devoting considerable time and money to caregiving for elderly parents or relatives.
- Nothing available at this time.