A new app may help Canadians care for our growing populationNectari
Join Tasha Kheiriddin of 640 Global News. As she discusses the challenges of caring for an ageing generation with uCarenet’s CEO Nectari Charitakis. Generation X, the sandwich generation cares for both parents and kids. As parents live longer it feels like we have double the responsibility says Tasha Kheiriddin. She knows based on her experience with her late father. “It’s very draining to many people. Not only to our resources, but also physically and socially”.
In fact the average person providing care to a family member or friend spends 19 hours per week caring. “We were surprised to see a large number of responses from millennials, a sandwich generation that may be tasked with looking after both young children and ageing parents in the home,” says Nectarios Charitakis, CEO and Founder of uCarenet which recently launched its mobile companion app Caremap™ – a connected community of caregivers and care seekers to give families easier access to affordable home care. “Canada is following a similar trend in the U.S. where nearly twenty-five percent of primary caregivers for seniors with dementia are millennials.” With support from its partners AGE-WELL and the William Osler Health System, uCarenet’s study was issued online to Canadians ranging from 22 to 65 years old.
Listen to Tasha and Nectari discuss the implications of caregiving demands on Canadians. Most notably Millennials. With Millennials becoming the next generation of caregivers, how will their expectations for digital health impact the home care industry?