Early Alzheimer diagnosis is crucial

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Alz. Society

Alzheimer Society campaign Early Diagnosis can improve the journey for the person with dementia.
Early Diagnosis Keeps Your Life From Unravelling
Almost half of all Canadians affected by dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, are waiting too long to be diagnosed. Yet, early diagnosis can improve the journey for the person with dementia and prepare their family and friends for what lies ahead.
The Alzheimer Society makes the disease easier to live with by providing information, support and education every step of the way. Find out more at www.earlydiagnosis.ca and see your doctor.
DEMENTIA A global epidemic: Dementia is one of the most significant social and health crises o the 21st century. The UK hosted the first G8 Dementia Summit in London in December, which aims to develop coordinated global action on dementia. “This summit represented a new level of international collaboration and commitment when it comes to addressing the health and economic challenges of dementia, said Minister Ambrose.
Currently, 747, 000 Canadians are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, with this number reaching 1.4 million by 2031. Annual costs to Canada’s economy will increase from $33 billion today, to $293 billion by 2040.
To address the growing dementia crisis, the Alzheimer Society of Canada continues to advocate for a Canadian Alzheimer’s disease and dementia partnership, with a mandate to assemble dementia experts, government officials, health-care providers, researchers and people who are personally impacted by the disease to facilitate and implement a national dementia plan
“We are encouraged by the international approach to dementia demonstrated by the G8 Summit and we will continue to support and work with the Canadian government on next steps here at home, “said Lowi-Young. CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Why is this needed? There is a new case of dementia somewhere in the world every 4 SECONDS. The number of people in the world with dementia will increase significantly by 2050 by 135 million. In 2010, the annual cost of dementia care was estimated at $604 billion. If dementia care were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil!
Educational Events taking place in January:
Brain Health: The 10 Warning Signs of Dementia Join us for a presentation on the warning signs, tips on healthy living and learn about the myths of dementia:
Free Virtual Dementia Tour Learn what it feels like to walk in the shoes of someone affected with dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a unique, interactive and effective tool kit proven to improve communication and care. January 14 Kenora & Fort Frances VDT, call the office to sign up as space is limited. 1800-682-0245 or 1807-468-1516 or info@alzheimerkrr.com OPEN House on January 23, 618 – 9th Street N. Kenora ON, from 10:00am to 7:00pm “Taking Care of Caregivers” More after-hours support for dementia caregivers Telehealth 1866-797-0000