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Elder Rage: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents
By Jacqueline Marcell, Author, ‘Elder Rage’

For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon sighed in exasperation, ‘Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father. His temper is impossible to handle and he’s not going to accept help until he's on his knees himself.’ (Full Story)

94% of the population in Quebec report using French at work
In 2011, 93.9% of the population in Quebec reported using French at work, while 39.2% reported using English. In all the other provinces and territories, English was the dominant language in the workplace. (Full Story)
Canada. Increased use of the Internet among seniors
Older Canadians increased their use of the Internet over the last decade, but remained less likely to use it for their consumption of some cultural items, namely music listening and video viewing. (Full Story)
Women and men more at risk of violence by dating partners than by spouses
Both women and men were more at risk of violence by dating partners than by spouses. Among women, rates of dating violence in 2011 were 60% higher than the spousal violence rate. (Full Story)
Canadians aged 50 and over are working later and delaying retirement
Canadians aged 50 and over are working later and delaying retirement, regardless of their level of education. However, because of a shorter life expectancy, the less-educated are likely to spend fewer years in retirement. (Full Story)
Canada. Number of same-sex married couples have tripled
Families and living arrangements of Canadians underwent further change and diversification during the past five years, according to data from the 2011 Census of Population.  (Full Story)
Canada. Police-reported crime rate down
The police-reported crime rate, which measures the overall volume of crime, continued its long-term downward trend in 2011, declining 6% from 2010. The Crime Severity Index, which measures the severity of crime, also fell 6%. (Full Story)
Canada. Income in old age lower among divorced women over age of 55
The extent to which family income was maintained in old age—that is, income replacement—was lower among women who became divorced after age 55 than among those who became widowed after that age. However, both groups had lower income replacement rates than women who remained married. (Full Story)
Canada. 50% of Family violence committed by spouse
According to police-reported data, about 99,000 Canadians were victims of family violence in 2010. Of these, almost 50% were committed by their spouse. (Full Story)
Almost 50 % of Canadians aged 15 and over do volunteer work
In 2010, more than 13.3 million people—accounting for 47% of Canadians aged 15 and over—did volunteer work. (Full Story)
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