A message from the Alberta Medical Association President

Our all-too-short Alberta summer continues. I am delighted to see that, with all the agreeable distractions of vacation and warm weather, the albertapatients community continues to grow. Your conversations in the discussion groups are instructive and the survey responses you have provided are enlightening!

As everyone returns home, packs away the vacation gear and looks ahead to a busy school, family and business year, I want to thank you for being part of albertapatients. We are excited about the plans we are making, based on input that you have given us. Watch for a new survey about mental health care in Alberta in the next few weeks. We will, of course, keep sharing the results with you through newsletters and emails.

Enjoy the summer!


Richard G.R. Johnston, MD, MBA, FRCPC
News from albertapatients.ca

The AMA recently conducted a survey about caregiving for seniors in Alberta. Not all of our survey respondents were caregivers - we were interested in how Albertans perceive caregiving overall, as well as any experiences that some may have had as caregivers or care recipients.

We don’t have room to share all our results here today, but we have provided a few results that we thought were particularly thought-provoking.  Please see Did You Know, below.

We also completed our July sweepstakes draw in early August. (As you may already know, we hold monthly sweepstakes draws for 5 prizes of $200. All albertapatients members are automatically entered into each monthly draw, and every time you complete a survey, your member ID number gets an extra entry – an extra chance to win!)

Our July winners are:

Valerie B.
Michelle L.
Vicki E.
S. W.
Janice S.


Care to be an albertapatients ambassador?
albertapatients is a growing community and we would like to welcome (many!) more Albertans. Would you like to be an ambassador? We’ve provided some tools to make sharing easy:


• Simply log in to our website at http://www.albertapatients.ca/, look for the Refer a Friend box on the right side of your screen, and click the “More Info” link to tell others about us through email or on social media.

• Email support@albertapatients.ca and provide your name and mailing address and we will send you a small pad of albertapatients.ca tear off sheets to give to your family and friends. (You may have received one yourself from your doctor’s office.)

Caregivers and caregiving in Alberta. Did you know?

For our survey, we defined “caregiving” as unpaid care or support for an aging family member, relative or friend who has a physical or mental disability, is chronically ill or is becoming frail.

Almost 20% -- one in five -- are providing support like this today.
Only 16% of respondents who are not currently caregivers believe they are not at all likely to provide such support at some point in their lives.

On average, caregivers provide 12 hours of support in a typical week.
In many cases, caregivers are helping their aging family member or friend with a variety of tasks over the course of each week.

What do caregivers do? Many things!
Caregivers who participated in our survey told us that the top five supports they provide to their loved ones are: running errands (shopping), companionship/supervision, providing transportation, assisting with day-to-day household tasks like laundry and cleaning, and medical management (medications, doctor visits, etc.).​

Closing comments

We hope you found our research interesting. If you would like to make some comments or suggest an area for further research, Let Us Know.

Thank you for being a member of the community!

Do you have a question you'd like us to ask in a survey or a topic you'd like us to discuss?
Please share it with us! 

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