We are excited to partner with Stories for Caregivers to bring you a series of their videos dedicated to caregivers. Here is a summary of their project.
Developed by The Coup Company with the participation of TELUS Fund, Stories For Caregivers is an initiative designed to generate awareness about caregiving through the creation of original web series that showcase the inspiring work of caregivers across Canada.
In 2017, TELUS Fund launched the first Special Call for Web Series to surface stories with the potential to positively impact individuals caring for loved ones. Since then the Fund has helped finance twenty original pilot episodes and eight original web series: How We Die, Culture of Caring, Letters from Caregivers, Growing Together with Jann Arden, Cypher, Caring For Those Who Care, Being There, and House Call With Dr. Yvette Lu.
These touching series have been released annually to the public through the Stories For Caregivers initiative, with marketing and promotional support provided by TELUS Fund. In that time they have amassed over 9 MILLION views and have been featured on national television, radio, and other mainstream news media across the country.
Stories For Caregivers is currently the largest online community of caregivers in Canada and remains committed to sharing stories that inspire caregivers and generating awareness of the global issue of caregiving.
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Here is video #2: Aging By Design (pilot episode)
Stephanie Erickson is the author of the bestselling book, Plan for Aging Well, a clinical social worker, media commentator and family caregiving expert. Stephanie hosts the series Aging by Design which inspires, informs and motivates you to live your best life.
In this episode:
How do you feed your soul? For many, it comes from an unwavering belief in God or a higher power. But it doesn’t have to. At its core, spirituality is the place deep within you where you find meaning and purpose. It is that intangible feeling that washes over you and brings you peace. As we age, it becomes even more important to fill our lives with meaning and surround ourselves with people and a community who give us purpose. While the current elder care system is modeled around taking care of our bodies, it neglects our hearts and our souls, which are in desperate need of nourishment.
Daniel is a caregiver for his wife, Sheila, who is suffering from the effects of late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. In the midst of a global pandemic, Daniel is struggling to provide spiritual nourishment to his wife, who is in a state of cognitive decline, in the midst of a global pandemic, while also trying to find meaning for himself beyond his role as caregiver. Through their touching story, this episode explores the human need for spiritual fulfilment, and how even simple interventions can have an incredibly transformative impact on an individual’s emotional and even physical well-being.
Produced by Black Box Productions
Hosted by Stephanie Erickson
Here is the link to pilot episode of Aging by Design: