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Teri Henderson is a social worker who leads the caregiver support program at the Second Mile Club.
Unpaid caregivers are a huge support at Kensington Health. Whether adult children are caring for their elderly parents, spouses are caring for a sick partner, or someone is regularly taking their friend to their doctor appointments, caregivers play an essential role in delivering health care. According to Statistics Canada, more than 8 million Canadians are unpaid caregivers, which is 25% of the entire population.
Caregiving can be demanding and stressful, and many caregivers struggle to maintain balance in their life. Kensington Health helps support caregivers of residents at Kensington Gardens, and also offers support to all caregivers in Toronto through The Second Mile Club.
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Teri Henderson is a social worker who leads the caregiver support program at the Second Mile Club. She provides free caregiver education, one-on-one support, and group support. “Caregivers often run the risk of jeopardizing their own mental and physical health in the process of caring for their loved ones,” says Teri.
Linda has been receiving caregiver support at the Second Mile Club for the past two years. She is a 71-year-old caregiver to her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Her husband is an 80-year-old retired professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, and the couple enjoyed a vibrant life together prior to his diagnosis. After he developed symptoms, they had to adapt to many changes in their life including moving out of their house into a more accessible condo.
Teri visits Linda at her home for one-on-one support. “It is very convenient to have a social worker meet you at your home,” said Linda. Linda also tries to go to group support once a month.
As much as Linda’s life revolves around her husband’s needs, she still finds ways to give back to the community. Linda volunteers as a caring clown at long-term care homes two to three times a month. She even completed a special certification at Ryerson University for it. “Volunteering is very important to me” she says.
We want to encourage all caregivers to explore opportunities for support. Everybody needs somebody to lean on, and we want to support you.
If you think that you or someone you know, would benefit from caregiver support, please contact the Second Mile Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.