Informal and mostly unpaid caregivers – spouses, family, friends and neighbors – play a crucial role in maintaining the health, well-being, functional independence and quality of life of growing numbers of persons of all ages who cannot manage on their own. In doing so, informal caregivers also moderate demand on already stretched formal health care systems and contribute to their sustainability. Yet, informal caregiving may be in decline. Caregivers are reporting rising levels of burden and stress. Engagement in caregiving is falling; and, the caregiver pool is shrinking.
How should policymakers and healthcare leaders respond?
This symposium – including morning refreshments and a networking lunch – features leading academic and policy experts. It tackles key assumptions around caregiving including the assumption that caregivers are going to be willing and able to step up as more individuals require care and as more care shifts from hospital and institutional settings to home and community where caregivers play the lead role.
The symposium will explore:
The symposium is presented by the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (www.CRNCC.ca) in partnership with the Health System Performance Research Network (www.hsprn.ca) and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (www.ihpme.utoronto.ca), University of Toronto with support from the Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University (www.ryerson.ca/arts).
For valuable background on informal caregivers and caregiver supports, see a recent volume of Longwoods HealthcarePapers including a lead article and commentaries by CRNCC members and partners (http://www.longwoods.com/publications/healthcarepapers/24321).
Date & Time
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Morning Symposium (with Networking Lunch): 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(Breakfast and Registration starts at 8:00 AM)
Atrium, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street, Toronto (Ontario) [Map]
$80 (students $40) including light morning refreshments & a networking lunch
Please click here for the event agenda and speakers' bio.
Online registration is now closed. There will be no registration at the door.
Discussion Panel I Speakers
Discussion Panel II Speakers
The CRNCC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Ryerson University
The HSPRN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)