Dementia & Alzheimer's Care
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of brain disorders. Symptoms include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood and behaviour. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with a person's ability to function at work, in relationships and in everyday activities.(Alzheimer Society Canada)
On average, dementia affects almost one in ten seniors over 65 years. The prevalence rate increases with age, rising to one in two seniors over 90 years of age. (The Alzheimer Society of Ontario) Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It affects people from all backgrounds and is not a normal part of aging.
Although Alzheimer's disease currently has no known deterrent or cure, early intervention and specific methods of care can help manage the symptoms of dementia.
Home Care for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients
Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia can be a challenging and overwhelming for families. It is possible to keep someone with dementia safe at home, particularly with the support of specially trained caregivers. Many Home Care Ontario members are experts in dementia care and family-funded care can be arranged to provide support to publicly funded care through your HCCSS - Home & Community Care Support Services (formerly the LHIN) and/or to deliver respite care.
Resources that may be helpful include: