Caregiver Support Forum


Caregiver Support Forum


Online - Zoom


October 6, 2021
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Most Ontarians have been or will be someone’s caregiver at some point in their lives.

Twenty-nine percent of the provincial populationor 3.3 million peopleprovide some form of support, assistance, care or enrichment to a family member or friend. 

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 1 in 3 caregivers in Canada are distressed, which can include feelings of anger or depression, or the inability to continue with caring activities. Unpaid, distressed caregivers are providing the care of a full-time job: 38 hours per week. And this was before COVID-19. 

To support those who care for our communities’ most vulnerable people, the Successful Aging Advisory Committeeconvened by United Way East Ontario in Lanark Countyhas been actioning recommendations from the Eastern Ontario Caregiver Strategy that was released in the fall of 2020.   

The Caregiver Support Forum will touch on these themes from the Caregiver Strategy:

  • Education and Training, specifically education and supports for caregivers and families that will increase knowledge, reduce stress, and provide concrete skills. 
  • Promoting Caregiver Health and Wellness  
  • Strengthening Circles of Support and Community for Caregivers  

The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support caregivers. They are one point of access to information, so caregivers get what they need to be successful in their role and maintain their own wellbeing. 

Caregivers will learn about what we know about Ontario’s caregivers, find out about the caregiver-support programs and services that exist, and pick up some tips for self-care as well as managing their care teams.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Two session options: 1-2 PM or 7-8 PM


Registration is free 

* The Caregiver Support Forum is English only. To access the French registration experience, please click here


The Forum is hosted by United Way East Ontario and co-sponsored by the Ontario Caregiver Organization and United Way Leeds & Grenville.


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