Ontario's Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias
In Ontario today, one in ten seniors are living with some form of dementia, including the most prevalent: Alzheimer's disease. That's nearly 200,000 people over the age of 65. As the baby boomer population ages, that number is expected to increase dramatically to 300,000 by the end of 2017.
There are unique challenges in the changing care required for people with dementia. The Ontario government is committed to supporting them and their caregivers by :
- Creating Behavioural Supports Ontario – an initiative through Local Health Integration Networks that helps people with challenging and complex behaviours wherever they live (at home, in long-term care homes, or elsewhere).
- Investing in long-term care homes for staff training and development opportunities that focus on improving the quality of care for residents, including those with dementia.
- Supporting the experts – the Alzheimer Society of Ontario – with funding to various chapters to deliver a range of services that improve treatment and management of Alzheimer's disease.
- Creating Health Care Options – an online search tool to find the right kind of health care close to home, including some dementia services and support.