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