Opportunities - Conducting a Gap Analysis of Family Caregivers’ Needs during a Global Pandemic

Conducting a Gap Analysis of Family Caregivers’ Needs during a Global Pandemic

University of Calgary 


The current COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted all of our lives, but the population most at risk are older adults. Canadians over the age of 60 account for 36% of the cases but 95% of the deaths, with 82% of the total deaths being linked to supportive living. Older adults with chronic health conditions are especially at risk. Dementia is one of the most chronic conditions effecting an estimated 1 in every 13 Canadians over the age of 65. Even in “average times” family caregivers (FCGs) for persons living with dementia (PLWD) manage their caregiving duties at the limits of their emotional, physical and financial capacity. As such, it is critical that these FCGs are supported through this unprecedented time to ensure that they are able to continue to care for and protect their older family members with dementia. Our research team, along with our community partners, will conduct a research study to examine the experiences and outcomes of Alberta FCGs for PLWD during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will examine the gaps in essential information and resources that FCGs have experienced during the pandemic and the impact of those gaps on FCGs and the older adults with dementia for whom they provide care. The goal is to generate recommendations for policy makers, public health officials, and caregiving resource agencies that enhance access, efficacy, and supports for FCGs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Roles and Responsibilities

This is a participant opportunity. We are asking famiy caregivers (FCGs) to persons living with dementia (PLWD) to complete an online survey.

The survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete and asks questions about experiences as FCGs during the COVID-19 pandemic and how public health measures have impacted their ability to provide care, utilize resources to support caregiving, and (in the case of long term care) visit their family member.


Time Commitment

This is a one-time commitment and the online survey should take 10-20 minutes to complete.

Link to survey: http://bit.ly/FCGSurvey



This is strictly a volunteer opportunity.


Questions? Want to learn more, please connect with

Dr. Deidre McCaughey                                               Dr. Gwen McGhan

Deidre.mccaughey@ucalgary.ca                                gwen.mcghan@ucalgary.ca