Eldercare is NOTt:

1.Always a burden – often relationships improve;

2.A rare occurrence – it’s common in most older Canadian’s lives although always labelled ‘caregiving’;
3.Negative on employee performance – it may have short term challenges but these can be overcome and a valued role at work provides esteem, income and well-being;
4.Provided only by women – men are increasingly providing eldercare.  They may be the only child or they may be the one living closest to an aging parent.  With the increase in people living along men can no longer rely on female spouses to provide care to parents and in-laws;
5.Predictable.  Older adults are affected by chronic disease, often more than one.  This makes the predictability of their health very difficult.  Consequently the caregiving needs are also difficult to predict.