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What percentage of the Canadian workforce provides unpaid, informal care while balancing job responsibilities?

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More than six million people — 35 percent of the Canadian workforce — provide unpaid, informal care while balancing job responsibilities. These are key contributors to an organization and to the Canadian economy broadly—people we do not want to see exit the workforce.

Many cancer survivors can remain at work or return after treatment. On average, what percentage of survivors return to work?

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Many cancer survivors are able to remain at work or return after treatment. Research shows that the average rate of return is 62%. The experience of cancer and how it affects work can be very individual, influenced by the type of cancer, extent of cancer, treatment, the employee’s overall physical, cognitive and emotional health, social support and resources available to them. Therefore, some survivors may struggle with returning or staying at work or finding new jobs while others may have no problem.

When someone dies, approximately how many people will experience grief as a result?

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For every 1 person who dies, 5 people are affected. Grief is our normal response to loss. Bereavement is the state of being bereaved after someone important to us dies. When someone dies we naturally grieve. For many of us, grief impacts all aspects of our lives; physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually.

What percentage of mourners say their reduced ability to concentrate affected them well beyond their bereavement leave?

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Grief is a normal part of life that touches all of us at some point. When an employee is grieving the loss of a loved one or co-worker, the entire workplace feels the effect. Offering support to grieving employees is appropriate and compassionate and can help them to return to their normal level of performance as quickly as possible.

In Canada, what percentage of the labour force is expected to be over 55 years of age in 2036?

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With 1 in 4 employees over the age of 55, workplaces will see an increase in employees who are caregiving for their parents and children simultaneously, dealing with two or more chronic health conditions themselves, and experiencing grief. If employees do not have the necessary support during these difficult times, the impact on productivity and employee morale will be significant.

How many weeks can an employee take off under the compassionate care leave in Canada?

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Compassionate care leave is an unpaid leave that allows an employee to take up to 28 weeks of leave within a 52-week period to provide care and support to a family member who has a serious medical condition with a significant risk of death. It is available to all employees regardless of their length of service with their employer.

Which statement is the most appropriate to say to someone with a serious illness or disease such as cancer?

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There is no one perfect way to respond or to support someone you work with or care about who has been diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer. The most important thing is to just show up for the person and be present.

Why might someone with a serious illness or disease choose to stay at work or return to work while still sick?

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Employment may not only be a source of income. A job can also provide opportunities for social interaction, creativity, learning and travel. Working may make you feel like you are contributing to society.

The prevalence of chronic and life-limiting illnesses among Canada’s population is expected to __________ in the future.

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Towards the end of life, most people will acquire a serious progressive illness such as heart disease, cancer, or respiratory disorders. With Canada’s aging population, the prevalence of these chronic and life-limiting illnesses will increase.

It is projected that the number of cancers diagnosed in 2030 will be almost ______ greater than the number diagnosed in 2005.

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It is projected that the number of cancers diagnosed in 2030 will be almost 80% greater than the number diagnosed in 2005. This increase is due to the growing and aging Canadian population.

Which of the following are typical responses to grief?

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Grieving workers exhibit typical responses to grief that include decreased energy, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and making decisions, preoccupation and feelings of helplessness. Because grief affects us in all dimensions of being: physiological, psychological, social and spiritual, coping and adaptation will also take place across all these dimensions. The work of integrating a loss takes places across a significant span of time.

In 2017, roughly 1.4 million Canadians were grieving the recent loss of someone special. How much is that number anticipated to increase by the year 2036?

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Canada’s population is aging rapidly, and by 2036, the number of deaths in Canada is estimated to be 425,000 per year.

About 24% of seniors have _______ chronic disease(s)

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Many of today’s seniors live with one or more chronic diseases, have a mobility issue, or experience a mental health problem. About 24% of seniors have three or more chronic diseases and account for 40% of all health care use among seniors.

Many caregivers use their personal savings to cover unexpected costs. How much money do 41% of caregivers spend per month on expenses directly related to their caregiving responsibilities?

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Many family caregivers (41 percent) use their personal savings to weather their financial hardships, and spend $100 to $300 per month on expenses directly related to their caregiver responsibilities. Employed family caregivers face many challenges including increased work interruptions, reduced productivity, missing work days, reducing work hours or foregoing job opportunities.

What should you do when someone you know is experiencing grief?

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There is no one perfect way to respond or to support someone you work with or care about who is experiencing grief. Be willing to stand beside the gaping hole in your colleague or friend’s life, without flinching or turning away. Your steadiness of presence is the absolute best thing you can give.

Please verify that you are human by selecting the number "5".

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The purpose of the quiz is to provide information and statistics about serious illness, caregiving, and grieving in the workplace. We hope you enjoyed participating in this Compassionate Workplace Campaign activity. Now is the time to take action to help your organization create a more supportive environment for those experiencing serious illness, caregiving, and/or grieving. Click here to learn more.

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