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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 

This enactment 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 dementia.

Learn more about the bill

Home Care for Individuals with Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease

Guest speakers:

Dr. Larry Chambers, Scientific Director, Alzheimer's Society of Canada
Marg Eisner, Dementia Consultant





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