CHCA on the Issues - Dementia
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression. By considering dementia as a chronic disease, with early diagnosis and pro-active involvement of home-based supports, clients and their family caregivers can become engaged in self-management tasks – learning about the disease, risk mitigation opportunities, intervention choice and coping mechanisms. .
Dementia poses a challenge to all Canadians:
- The number of Canadians living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, estimated to be 1,1125,200 by 2038.
- The cost of dementia care for Canadians is projected to be $153 billion by 2018.
- Family caregivers spent approximately 231 million hours on informal care, this number is expected to reach almost 756 million hours by 2038.
- Increase in Canadians over the age of 65 living at home with dementia is expected to rise from 55% to 62% by 2038, increasing the burden on home and community based services.
(Source: Alzheimer Society of Canada, 2008)
Bill C-233 - An Act
respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
provides for the development and implementation of a national strategy for the
health care of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of
Learn more about the bill
Home Care for Individuals with Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease
Dr. Larry Chambers, Scientific Director, Alzheimer's Society of Canada
Marg Eisner, Dementia Consultant
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