For the first time in our nation’s history, there are more seniors than children in Canada.
This means that more seniors are being diagnosed with dementia—as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
In fact, statistics from the Alzheimer Society of Canada show that the number of Canadians with dementia is rising sharply:
- Currently, over half a million Canadians live with dementia
- 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year across the country
- By 2031, the number of Canadians with dementia will rise 66% to 937,000
What are your chances of being affected?
You are probably wondering what these national statistics mean for you on a personal level—whether as a senior citizen or a caring family member.
Unfortunately, the chances of you being affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s are already quite high.
- Today, 1 in 20 people in Canada age 65 have Alzheimer’s; and
- That number increases to 1 in 4 by age 85.
Even more concerning is that within little more than a decade, there will be a significant jump in the number of cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s than ever before.
So now what?
If you have an aging parent, you may be starting to see signs—but not sure what those signs actually mean.
You may be wondering, “how do I know if my mom or dad has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?”
- First off, check out our blog for warning signs of early Alzheimer’s (our blog also helps differentiate between normal aging vs. dementia vs. Alzheimer’s).
- You may also want to take your parent for a geriatric assessment—you can learn more about testing here.
It’s never too early to start planning a move
Many people with dementia or Alzheimer’s require specialized medical support that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to access at home.
As such, it’s always a good idea to consider the “what’s next”—that is, finding them a residence that will best care for them.
And not only that—there are many benefits to moving your parent into a retirement residence sooner than later, before their health gets worse.
Tea & Toast helps relieve the stress of finding a home
Looking for a retirement home for a loved one can not only be overwhelming—it can also take dozens upon dozens (upon dozens) of hours in terms of researching and touring!
But Tea & Toast can help ease that burden, allowing you to focus on your family.
We can help you find an Ottawa-based home that provides specialized medical care to meet your aging parent’s unique needs.
Learn about Tea & Toast’s retirement living search service! We can find the perfect home for you or your loved one. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-698-1319.