Other resources for caregivers
The Alzheimer Society recognizes the significant investment of time and effort caregivers offer to those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. We provide support to caregivers across Canada and have developed a range of informative brochures and publications. For programs and services near you, contact your local Alzheimer Society.
In addition, below are some resources from other organizations to help you better understand Alzheimer’s disease and your role as a caregiver.
Alzheimer's Disease International, I Can! I Will! Idea Library.
Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario, From Home to Retirement Home: A Guide for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia.
"How To" Health Guide
The "How To" Health Guide was developed by the Health Charities Coalition of Canada to assist patients, caregivers, friends and families in navigating the Canadian health care system.
Canada Benefits - connecting you to government benefits
This site offers Canadian citizens government-wide information about financial benefit programs for individuals. Of particular interest may be the pages for seniors, people with disabilities and veterans.
Disability Tax Credit - claiming your medical expenses
The "disability amount" on your income tax return reduces the amount of income tax that a person with a disability, or their supporting person, might otherwise have to pay. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information about this and about medical expenses you can claim.
Service Canada – Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits
Compassionate care benefits are Employment Insurance (EI) benefits paid to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death within 26 weeks (six months). A maximum of six weeks of compassionate care benefits may be paid to eligible people.
The Government of Canada has announced a new EI program, the Family Caregiver benefit for adults. Starting December 3, 2017, eligible caregivers may take up to 15 weeks off work to care for or support an adult family member who is critically ill or injured. For more information, visit the Government web page on the Family Caregiver benefit.
Health Canada – Division of Aging and Seniors
Health Canada's Division of Aging and Seniors website, with information on federal programs, statistics on aging in Canada and more.
Bowlby Sifton, Carol. Navigating the Alzheimer's Journey: A Compass for Caregiving. Health Professions Press, 2004. ISBN 1-932529-04-7. www.healthpropress.com.
Mace, Nancy L., and Rabins, Peter V. The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006 (4th ed.). ISBN 0-8018-4034-1. www.press.jhu.edu.
Mindszenthy, Bart and Gordon, Michael. Parenting your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family. Dundurn Press, 2005 (2nd ed.). ISBN 1-55002-380-2. www.dundurn.com.
Tapp-McDougall, Caroline. The Complete Canadian Eldercare Guide. John Wiley Canada, 2004. ISBN 0- 470-83449-8. http://ca.wiley.com/WileyCDA.