Canada has an aging population. When we talk about this, our discussions usually circle back to health, and in particular, to the question of how we’re going to care for everyone as the tax base shrinks and the number of people with complex or chronic conditions grows.

But older Canadians and their caregivers are struggling now: not just because there aren’t enough specialists or care facilities to go around, but because our health and care systems are so fragmented that reaching and navigating those services can become a Herculean task.

To learn how this struggle affects older Canadians and their caregivers, we’re joined by Laura Funk. She’s an associate professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba with a new IRPP study: Relieving the Burden of Navigating Health and Social Services for Older Adults and Caregivers.

Download for free. New episodes every second Wednesday. Tweet your questions and comments to @IRPP or @jbugiel.

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Laura Funk
Laura Funk is associate professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba. Her work examines the experiences, identities and emotions of older adults and their caregivers.