Challenges

Ontario government has led the way…

  • The 1999-2004 Alzheimer Strategy was the first of its kind in Canada; the time is right for a renewed commitment
  • Aging at Home Strategy promises more community supports
  • Local Health Integration Networks make local funding decisions based on local needs
  • Family Health Teams and nurse-led clinics increase service
  • Behavioural Support Systems project promises breakthrough services for this high-need sub-group

Yet challenges must be met across the health service system

All Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) show dramatic increases in people with dementia, yet…

  • Only 5 LHINS have specifically included dementia in their plans for elder care
  • No system-wide training has ever been supported

The Aging at Home Strategy helps seniors live independently and 17% of home care clients have dementia, yet…

  • The Strategy does not identify dementia as a priority
  • Fewer Community Care Access Centres have special "dementia teams" than 5 years ago
  • Family caregivers report stress levels 3 times greater than those caring for people with other chronic diseases

Ontario hospitals are suited for acute care, yet…

  • 25% of patients in Ontario hospitals who remain there too long have dementia

65% or more of residents in Ontario's long term care homes have dementia, yet…

  • No new recent investment in dementia training has been made

Last Updated: 11/08/2017