Mid Island Family Caregivers Network Society

Mid Island Family Caregivers Network Society

July 11, 2005 14:40 ET

Mid Island Family Caregivers Network Society: How will Mom and Dad Find the Care They Need? Get Help with the Tough Questions

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 11, 2005) - Mid Island Family Caregivers Network Society -

A new guide is now available to help families across Canada get the health information they need for aging parents living in Central Vancouver Island, one of Canada's top retirement destinations. Three of Central Vancouver Island's communities, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo top the charts nationally for oldest population demographics. With this in mind, The Mid Island Family Caregivers Network (MIFCNS) has developed a free resource guide Sharing and Caring: Topics to Discuss with your Aging Parents.

- 3 of Canada's top 10 most elderly communities: Qualicum Beach median age of 58.1; Parksville median age of 49.6 and Nanaimo, median age of 49.5.

- 15 percent of Canada's work force are caring for children as well as aging parents.

Sharing and Caring is geared toward family members of seniors living in the mid Vancouver Island area (Port Alberni, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Duncan and surrounding area). According to seniors' advocate Lou Drage, the guide contains information that can help parents and children plan for aging and end-of-life issues. This is particularly important for aging parents whose children live out-of-province. "Seniors from all over Canada are choosing to spend their golden years in mid Vancouver Island communities," Drage says. "Staying involved in the care and affairs of aging parents can be difficult enough but it's even harder when you live halfway across the country."

- 13 percent of Canada's population is 65 years or older and Canadian senior's life expectancy continues to increase.

- British Columbians live longer on average (2001 average life expectancy 80.7 years, 80.9 in 2004) than residents anywhere else in Canada and are second, only to Japan, in longest average life expectancy in the world.

Sharing and Caring provides a listing of local medical/health and community services, and lists important questions for children to ask their parents about legal matters, finances, housing, day-to-day health and end of life care. These are key topics that aging parents and their children need to discuss when planning for the parent's longterm care and support. "What I'm seeing is it's often the aging parent who wants to get these issues dealt with," says Drage. "They're putting our new guide in their adult son or daughter's hands to get the conversation rolling. This guide also serves as a useful template regardless of which province we live in," he adds.

You can order free copies of Sharing and Caring: Topics to Discuss with Your Aging Parents from the Mid Island Family Caregiver's Network Society c/o 351 Howard Avenue Nanaimo, BC V9R 3R8 or email adriane@island.net. www.angelfire.com/80s/mifcns.

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