More than 8 million Canadians provide informal care to family member or friend and that number is growing as the population ages and families rally to support loved ones at home.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada reports there are more than half a million Canadians living with dementia, with about 25,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, a staggering increase of 66%.
Informal caregivers of people with dementia are often the unsung heroes propping up a stretched healthcare system.
For a deeper understanding of caregiving, Much Too Young: The Untold Story of Young Caregivers & Alzheimer’s is an eye-opening documentary.
The Much Too Young documentary follows the lives of four families over a two-year period, busting myths and misconceptions about who’s caring for Canadians with Alzheimer’s and what it takes to do so. Watch it here.
As a company that actively works with clients in the caregiving space, the documentary was a valuable reminder of the day-to-day commitment and realities of caregiving.