September is World Alzheimer’s Month: Resources for caregivers and older adults

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
Description / Summary

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and challenge the stigma associated with it. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia, and that number is predicted to triple, rising to 152 million by 2050. In Canada alone, more than 402,000 people 65 years old and over live with dementia.

Early diagnosis of dementia is important for life planning, as well as for learning about and accessing the best available treatments. Supporting caregivers of loved ones with dementia is important as the emotional and physical demands can be enormous. Fortunately, there are multicomponent strategies that can be used to support family caregivers, allowing them to care for themselves while continuing to care for their loved ones.