Facts and Reports
Did you know?
- Most caregivers do not self-identify as a caregiver. They view themselves as spouses, children, brothers, sisters, friends, etc.
- In 2012, there were 8 million caregivers in Canada aged 15 and over - 4. 5 million were over the age of 45 and 3 million of the caregivers over the age of 45 were employed (Portrait of Caregivers, Statistics Canada, 2013).
- The most common causes for caregiving are age related caregiving - 28%, cancer - 11% and cardio-vascular disease – 9% (Portrait of Caregivers, Statistics Canada, 2013).
- 44% of caregivers in Canada are providing care to a parent, 16% for a friend/colleague/neighbour, 13% for a grandparent, 8% for a spouse, 5% for a child and 10% for others – brother/sister, etc. (Portrait of Caregivers, Statistics Canada, 2013).
- About one-quarter of Manitobans aged 65 and over required help from another person with at least one daily activity (Centre on Aging, 2010).
The Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat offers a variety of publications for caregivers, free of charge, such as the Guide for the Caregiver: Information and Resources for Caregivers of Older Adults.