National Caregiver Week 2018: Ten organizations are uniting their voices

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Montreal, October 29, 2018 – On the occasion of National Caregiver Week 2018, a dozen Quebec organizations working with caregivers are joining forces in an unprecedented effort and launching an awareness campaign under the slogan: Because we will all be caregivers.

From November 4 to 10, 2018, participating organizations will offer various activities aimed at recognizing caregivers in addition to uniting their voices on social media using common messages and the hashtag #AllCaregivers.

Whether out of love, solidarity or necessity, each of us can be called upon to become the caregiver of a parent, child, friend or even neighbour. Especially since the number of family caregivers will undoubtedly increase in the coming years, with the aging of the population and the increase in cases of chronic diseases in Quebec.

According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, a quarter of the population aged 15 and over, or nearly 1.7 million people, was a caregiver in 2012. A rewarding role but one that also brings its share of challenges. These include the difficulty of reconciling work, family and care for a loved one or the physical, psychological and financial consequences of these responsibilities.

On the occasion of SNPA 2018, the signatory organizations are therefore inviting all caregivers, family members, professionals, political decision-makers and the general public to take an interest in the role of family caregivers and to consider ways to more actively recognize their crucial contribution to our society.

Uniting for better recognition: a campaign and several other activities

A joint social media campaign will illustrate the role and daily life of caregivers. By publishing evocative visuals and sharing virtual cards, this campaign will allow Internet users to imagine themselves as or even identify themselves as caregivers.

Facebook users will also be able to identify themselves or demonstrate their recognition by using the hashtag #AllBecaregivers and filtering their profile photo.

Finally, several organizations that provide services to family caregivers have planned awareness activities, resourcing and fairs for family caregivers, but also for anyone interested. Details of these activities will be communicated directly by the organizations.

Signatories

The partner organizations of this initiative are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the TCNA (Table de concertation nationale pour les aidants)

La Table de concertation nationale pour les aidants was born from the desire of national groups offering services to family caregivers to share their actions in order to be able to work in a complementary way. Although each of our organizations has its own mission, we all share a common goal: to ensure that caregivers are given greater recognition and support in fulfilling their role.

The signatories of the 2018 campaign are members of the TCNA.

Media

Visual documents and additional information are available in this document:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l062pdb6qjh5olw/AABzUeyOI7A235N6WQ_UP3Wha?dl=0

Information requests and interviews

Signatory organizations remain available to provide more information related to their respective missions, or to participate in interviews.

For any media inquiries, please contact Ms. Marie-Hélène Grenier, Head of Communications at l’Appui pour les proches aidants d’aînés national:
[email protected] | 514 789-2460 extension 181

Roxanne Goulet