The exchange of knowledge with other researchers, partners, and the general public via a strategic program of communication and outreach is an integral component of RAPP. Governments, service providers and not-for-profit agencies use our research to inform policies, improve practice and advocate for better programs to serve older adults, adults with disabilities, and family/friend caregivers. Members of our team are often interviewed by the media to help inform the public of issues associated with aging and family/friend care.
Recently published articles
Our Debates and Issues article Towards sustainable family care: using goals to reframe the user-centred design of technologies to support carers was just published online in the International Journal of Care and Caring, 2019!
Check out our open access article conceptualizing Life course trajectories of family care published May 2019 in the International Journal of Care and Caring, volume 3, number 2, pp 147-163 (17).
The article social consequences of family care of adults: a scoping review co-authored by Norah Keating and Jacquie Eales was one of the top 5 published articles in 2017 and selected for the first Editors’ Choice collection in the International Journal of Care and Caring! See: Keating, N. & Eales, J. (2017). Social consequences of family care of adults: a scoping review. International Journal of Care and Caring, 1(2): 153-173, DOI: 10.1332/239788217X14937990731749
Recent infographics and fact sheets
Caregivers in Alberta: Economic costs and contributions and Caregivers in Alberta: Impact on well-being infographics – May 2019
In recognition of Caregivers Week in Alberta May 5-11, 2019, 2 infographics were co-created with Caregivers Alberta and provincial government stakeholders. The infographics help raise awareness about the contributions that 965,000 caregivers in Alberta make, saving the Alberta health care system $5.8 billion each year based on hiring replacement workers at Alberta’s minimum wage of $15/hr. The infographics highlight the impact of caregiving on Alberta caregivers’ employment, financial security, health, and relationships. Caregivers in Alberta need more supports to sustain their caregiving: financial support and government assistance; Home Care or support provided to their care receiver; information and advice; and help from health care professionals.
As the Canadian economy becomes increasingly knowledge-based and technology-driven, older workers who struggle with computers and other technologies may find themselves less employable. By understanding the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacy skills of older workers, we can develop strategies to help older workers retain their current jobs, gain new jobs, or use assistive technologies more effectively to balance the “double burden” of paid work and family care. Using Canadian data drawn from the OECD’s Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIACC) administered between 2011 and 2012, we describe older workers’ ICT literacy and the factors that put them at risk of poor ICT literacy skills.
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