Raise your voice
Today, 181,000 Ontarians have dementia, a number that is expected to increase to 255,000 by 2020, less than ten short years away.
This 40% increase in the number of people with dementia will increase the economic burden each year by $770 million in lost productivity, lost wages and health-care services.
Family caregivers will be stretched to the maximum, offering 144 million hours of care by 2020, a 65% increase over the caregiving hours spent today.
To meet the needs of the thousands of individuals and families touched by dementia today and in the future, we must continue to:
- Promote ways to reduce the risk of dementia
- Expand services for people with dementia, their families and care partners
- Educate and train front line health care professionals about dementia
- Encourage increased investment in research
To achieve these goals, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario recommends that priority be given to the following four areas:
Increase public awareness and education about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Train health care professionals in how to diagnose dementia and how to support people with dementia and their families
Introduce a province-wide flexible, family-driven and self-directed respite program that includes in-home assistance and out of home opportunities
Provide flexible housing options and technology to help people living with dementia and other persons with accessibility challenges remain more independent