Dementia amidst complexity: Ontario

This mini report from Alzheimer Society of Ontario  reveals how increases in the number of people with dementia in Ontario, 250,000 by 2020, will impact the province's health-care system.

Central to the report's argument is the 'dementia domino effect,' a term which describes the impact that dementia has on other chronic medical conditions.

Did you know that people with dementia are:

  • Twice as likely to be hospitalized as seniors without the disease
  • Twice as likely to visit emergency departments for preventable conditions
  • More than twice as likely to have alternate level of care days when hospitalized

This ability to self-manage health problems results in cycles of emergency room use, hospitalization and days spent in alternate level of care beds, thus requiring intensive use of health-care resources.

Dr. Frank Molnar, a top Ontario geriatrician and one of the report's co-authors, warns that the estimates are conservative and will test the future sustainability of Ontario's health-care system.

Read: Dementia Amidst Complexity

Click here to view the evidence briefs for each regional LHIN in Ontario.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017