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Welcome to CRNCC, a vibrant national and international affiliation of academic and community researchers, community service providers, consumers and policy makers dedicated to advancing research and knowledge transfer in home and community care. The network encourages collaborative, community-driven research and knowledge translation across the continuum of care.

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Increasing numbers of family, friends and neighbours contribute a vast pool of unpaid labour to support the wellbeing and independence of individuals who need care. The caregiving contributions of this “shadow workforce” is estimated to save the Canadian healthcare system over $26 billion dollars a year. Until recently however, young carers have received little policy attention despite their increasing numbers and critical role. This Backgrounder looks at the distinctive challenges that the generation born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s face as they balance caregiving with school, work and other life responsibilities.

Even before the global COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world had identified social and emotional isolation and loneliness as a serious public health concern. Considerable research evidence shows that social isolation and loneliness are critical risk factors for poor mental and physical health. In fact, loneliness can be deadly.

With an aging Canadian population, increasing mobility of young people and smaller families, Canada, like other countries in the world, will face a growing “care gap” with fewer family members to provide supportive care. The emerging field of “gerontechnology” may enable older adults to continue to live independently for as long as possible, to empower self-management of their health, and to stay connected to their community while reducing caregiver burden on family and friends.  What are the pros and cons of apps, carebots, and other devices for connected aging?

Please see our PDF fileIn-Focus Backgrounder on Gerontechnology

Medical marijuana (cannabis) has been legal in Canada since 2001. There is growing, yet still limited evidence, that marijuana can help with health conditions experienced by many older persons including nausea related to chemotherapy, Alzheimer’s disease, pain, and mental health issues such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Yet, older persons may be reluctant to use marijuana because of persistent stigma, or because of an unwillingness by health care professionals to consider its use. The federal government’s legalization of cannabis, expected in the fall of 2018, will open the door to new and innovative use by older persons as an alternative to prescription pharmaceuticals.

This CRNCC backgrounder examines the potential benefits and cautionary notes on marijuana use by older Canadians. 

Please see our PDF fileIn-Focus Backgrounder on Marijuana and Older People