7 Surprising Facts about Dementia & Seniors

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7 Surprising Facts about Dementia

By Carolina Orosa, 5:05 pm on

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a time of year when Alzheimer’s associations around the world come together to spread awareness about living with dementia. Campaigns on advocacy and awareness will include memory walks, media appearances and free memory screenings at locations all over the globe.

As a leading provider of in-home dementia care in Vancouver, Home Care Assistance wanted to be a part of the global voice for dementia advocacy. Today, we’re listing the fast facts about dementia and dementia care – the more we can educate our clients and readers, the more we can help increase awareness of the disease and its impact on patients, families and communities.

  1. Worldwide, a new case of dementia is diagnosed every four seconds. By the year 2031, it is estimated that 1.4 million Canadians are expected to have to disease.
  2. Among seniors, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, and although it’s not a normal part of aging, the risk of developing the disease increases with age.
  3. Around the world, around 13 percent of people over the age of 60 need long-term care. The number of people requiring care is expected to triple by 2050.
  4. Globally, nearly half of the older adults who need personal care have dementia. In nursing homes, the percentage of people living with dementia is around 80 percent.
  5. In 2013, more than 15 million unpaid caregivers provided nearly 18 billion hours of care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
  6. Nearly two thirds of dementia caregivers rate the stress of caring for their aging parents and loved ones as high or very high.
  7. In 2011, the economic cost of dementia in Canada totaled $33 billion dollars and is expected to rise to $293 billion by 2040.

With the incidence of dementia rising in addition to the number of families providing care, it’s important to know that there are support services available. If your aging parent or loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia and you are looking for help, turn to Home Care Assistance of Vancouver. We offer respite care on a flexible basis with no long-term contracts or commitments. With a highly trained and compassionate Home Care Assistance caregiver by your loved one’s side, your loved one can receive the care they need and deserve and you can enjoy a renewed sense of peace and comfort.

For more information, please visit our website at www.homecareassistancevancouver.ca or contact a Care Manager directly at 778-279-3634 – we’re available to answer questions 24/7.