The Change Foundation reported almost a third of Ontario’s population are caregivers providing care to a family member or a friend. Many caregivers feel socially isolated and do not recognize caregiving as a distinct role, separate from being a good friend, child, parent or spouse. They are often not recognized for their caregiving role or perceived as needing support.

The ENRICHES Collaborative, funded in part by the government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, was initiated in Nov’ 2015 and brings together local health and community leaders to address the complex challenges facing caregivers 55+ experiencing social isolation in Toronto.

ENRICHES (Engagement to Reduce Social Isolation in Caregivers at Home and Enhance Seniors) is comprised of five core partners: Alzheimer Society Toronto, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, North York Community House, Woodgreen, and the Reitman Centre at the Sinai Health System, serving as the coordinating organization.

We aim to reduce social isolation and increase social engagement in caregivers through the following four strategies:


Identify

Caregivers in need of support

Engage

Caregivers in various programs to strengthen their social networks and
build resilience

Connect

Caregivers to information, services and resources to enable social participation

Build

System capacity across
the system


The Alzheimer Society of Toronto offers counselling supports, connections to community resources, dementia-specific information and education, to people living with dementia and their caregivers. We strive to increase public awareness of dementia, to promote research, and to advocate for services that respect the dignity of the individual. For more information please visit: alz.to
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all. Through the ENRICHES Collaborative, CMHA (CMHA) is offering the Living Life to the Full course to caregivers 55+. Living Life to the Full is an 8-week course that provides caregivers with skills and knowledge to cope with life’s challenges. Groups of 10-15 caregivers come together in community settings to learn from a trained facilitator, and from each other, in order to feel happier, less stressed and more in control of their lives. For more information, please visit: www.ontario.cmha.ca
North York Community House is a dynamic neighbourhood centre that is committed to building strong, vibrant communities – serving over 20,000 residents in northwest Toronto every year. Our ENRICHES project, Newcomer Connections for Senior Caregivers, supports the health and well-being of isolated, newcomer caregivers (55 years and older) by offering free programs that help participants build skills and create connections in their new community. Programs include Friendly Visiting, One-on-one Computer Tutoring, Yoga Classes, and English Conversation Circles. For more information please visit www.nych.ca

Sinai Health System – The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training
is an award winning, nationally recognized centre of clinical, training and research excellence whose mission is to develop and implement innovative models to support and sustain family carers of diverse communities, train professionals in addressing their needs and generate new knowledge through research. The Reitman Centre CARERS group program delivers evidence-based, targeted and tailored skill-building interventions providing family carers with tools and support to manage day-to-day care of persons with dementia at home. The Reitman Centre provides individual and group treatment and is situated within the Department of Psychiatry of the Sinai Health System in Toronto. For more information please visit: www.mountsinai.on.ca
Is an innovative multi-service organization offering services including child care, seniors support, housing, employment services, homelessness services, immigrant services, and mental and developmental health services.  The agency was established in 1937 and since that time it has grown to more than 36 locations throughout the east end of the City of Toronto, collaborating with hundreds of partners to meet the growing needs of our clients.  Every year, we support more than 37,000 individuals and families to become more self-sufficient and to live independently within their own communities. For more information please visit: woodgreen.org
Serves as a consulting partner to the ENRICHES Colaborative and is an international non-governmental organization with a membership base comprising government, NGOs, academics, industry, and individuals in 70 countries.
In August 2018, the IFA will host its 14th Global Conference on Ageing entitled “Toward a Decade of Healthy Ageing” www.ifa2018.com. The IFA believes that the caregiving relationship is a fine balance between the needs of the caregiver and those of the loved one receiving care. Combating ageism is one of the main conference themes through which delegates will be addressing abuse against older persons, access to health and social care, end of life care and access to work within the context of being a caregiver. For more information please visit: www.ifa-fiv.org