Understanding and caring for loved ones with dementia
(NC) – The number of Canadians with dementia is rising sharply. According to a recent study commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the number of Canadians living with cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, now stands at 747,000 and will double to 1.4 million by 2031.
To help optimize the quality of dementia care, expand opportunities for care at home, and increase the number of qualified and confident dementia caregivers beside everyone with dementia, the Green Shield Canada Foundation has partnered with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto (www.alzheimertoronto.org) to fund the development of an online version of their highly regarded Dementia Care Training Program (DCTP).
“DCTP gave me the tools to better understand and care for people with dementia. It helped me greatly improve my approach in relating to the clients, their families and all the people involved in their care,” says Martha Oller, a DCTP graduate and personal support worker.
The Alzheimer Society of Toronto is one of five healthcare partners in the Green Shield Canada Foundation Health Innovation Collaborative (www.gscfoundation.ca). This three-year project aims to solve the unmet needs of both caregivers and seniors living with multiple chronic conditions.
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