A quarter of Québec’s population are caregivers for family members with long-term health problems

Québec, November 4, 2015 – Among people 15 years of age and over in Québec, 29% of women and 21% of men have been helping a family member with long-term health problems, a disability or difficulties related to aging. The proportion of women caregivers in the 45-to-65 age group is 40%. These results are taken from issue No. 43 of the Bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Irrespective of the age group, the type of help most often reported is related to transportation. But the most frequent help being provided by caregivers,  namely at least once a week, involves housework, personal care, medical care and treatment. In addition, among family caregivers 15 to 64 years of age (both women and men), more than a third are providing support to more than one person.

Positive and negative consequences

Few family caregivers reported having problems fulfilling their responsibilities, but a sizeable proportion emphasized they have had to reduce the amount of time spent on leisure activities and with spouses and friends.

Finally, approximately 40% of family caregivers stated they did not have a choice in assuming their responsibilities as caregivers, but at the same time 80% reported that the experience was gratifying. However, the majority of family caregivers have experienced a certain amount of stress, notably in facing the deteriorating health of the person they are caring for.

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