I AM A SONIC BOOMER, NOT A SENIOR... In this blog, I am writing to and for those who believe that the Boomers will change what the word Senior means. I also believe that Boomers will change what retirement means in our society. The blog is also for those who are interested in what life after retirement may look like for them. In this blog I highlight and write about issues that I believe to be important both for Seniors and working Boomers.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Dementia Patients; many live at home
The following was posted by the Canadian Medical Association in
July, I thought it was worth a second look
85 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with dementia and living at
home relied ― at least in part ― on family or friends as informal caregivers, Statistics Canada said in a
Of these Canadians, just over 43 per cent also received some
formal caregiving assistance from paid or volunteer workers provided by
organizations, while just over 41 per cent relied on informal care exclusively.
That leaves 15 per cent of dementia households receiving neither
formal nor informal caregiving, the agency concluded.
The StatsCan study revealed that dementia patients are far more
likely to live in long-term care residences than in private households.
Forty-five per cent of people aged 45 and older in long-term residences had a
diagnosis of dementia versus an estimated 0.8 per cent of Canadians in the same
age group living at home.
The prevalence of dementia in long-term care facilities rises
with age at 12 per cent at ages 45 to 64, 42 per cent at ages 65 to 79 and
56per cent at age 80 and older.
By contrast, in private households, dementia among people 45 to
64 was just 0.1 per cent. Even in the age 80 and older group, prevalence was
just five per cent.
Prevalence of other chronic diseases also increases among those
already diagnosed with dementia, StatsCan found. For example, six per cent of
the general population without dementia reported incontinence in 2011, while
the likelihood in those living with dementia was 10-fold higher.
Released in May, the StatsCan study is a compendium of studies
and data provided by a wide range of other organizations, compiled with the
assistance of the Public Health Agency of Canada.