Alzheimer Society of Ontario urges Liberal Government to take action
TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society of Ontario
congratulates Ontario's re-elected Liberal Government and urges them to
make good on their healthcare commitments:
redesign the primary care and home care system
implement an eight-week caregiver leave
shift more research investment into the prevention, treatment and cure
of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease
"Fulfilling these commitments would significantly address the urgent
challenges presented by Alzheimer's disease and dementia today," says
the Society's Chief Public Policy and Programs Initiatives Officer
Informal polling by the Alzheimer Society reveals that Ontarians living
with Alzheimer's disease and dementia and their caregivers want in-home
care and respite support to be a top priority.
At present, 25 per cent of patients in Ontario hospitals who remain
there too long have dementia. More and better trained family doctors,
nurses and other primary care workers can help ease the strain on
hospitals and increase the quality of life of those living with this
"Keeping people with dementia in their homes longer is cost-effective
and a more humane alternative to unnecessary hospital stays and helps
delay more expensive long-term care placement," adds Harvey.
Family caregivers who provide the bulk of care for people with dementia
will especially benefit from the Liberals' proposed eight-week
caregiver leave. They are vital to building a robust home-care system.
Ontario will experience a 40 per cent growth in the disease in the next
nine years. Almost a quarter of Ontario's population, or 4.2 million
people, will be over the age of 65 by 2036. After 65, the risk for
Alzheimer's doubles every five years.
Total spending on dementia will increase by more than $770 million per
year through 2020. Without reform, services will become increasingly
unsustainable and more costly as the population ages.
The Alzheimer Society will continue to champion the healthcare needs of
Ontario families dealing with dementia and looks forward to working
with the Liberal Government to lead change.
About the Alzheimer Society
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is the province's leading care and
research charity committed to helping people with Alzheimer's disease
and other dementias by offering Help for Today through programs and services and Hope for Tomorrow…® by funding research to find the cause and the cure.
SOURCE Alzheimer Society of Ontario
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