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Opinion: Those who care for loved ones with dementia need support themselves

Each year, the first Tuesday in April is National Caregivers Day. This day of recognition is designed to raise awareness among all Canadians about the exceptional contribution of informal caregivers.

Informal caregivers, sometimes called family caregivers, are people who take on an unpaid caring role to support another person who needs help. Dementia caregivers are particularly noteworthy as they care for people with a long-term condition that often becomes severely debilitating, both physically and cognitively. Research studies show that those individuals providing informal care to people with dementia are likely to spend 75 per cent more time caregiving that those providing informal care to individuals with other chronic conditions.

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