Dementia is a progressive cognitive impairment that affects over 500, 000 Canadians. People living with dementia cope with memory loss, complications with problem solving, thinking, and language, often severe enough to impact day to day living and quality of life. By 2038, an estimated 1 in 10 Albertans over the age of 65, and nearly half of those over the age of 90, are expected to be living with dementia.
The population of Canadian citizens over 65 has now surpassed the number of children under the age of 15. As the baby boomer generation ages, the number of Albertans living with dementia is expected to more than double. With 25,000 diagnosed cases every year, over 900,000 Canadians are expected to be living with dementia in the next 15 years. Dementia will affect, whether direct or indirectly, over 1 million Canadians. With the aging population the need for improved senior care facilities and programs has increased.
Bethany Riverview’s dementia program creates an unprecedented opportunity to foster learning; enriching the learning opportunities for dementia caregivers, both professional and family caregivers. This state of the art centre will support sharing of collective knowledge on aging and complex care needs, and deepen sectoral understanding of the societal impacts of an aging society.