Opinion: There is hope for a better future in caring for the elderly (Tapestry Foundation for Health Care)

We’ve all heard troubling statistics about aging, statistics like these from the Alzheimer Society of Canada: Between two and 10 per cent of cases of dementia begin before the age of 65, and the risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after 65.

Further, nearly 15 per cent of Canadians over 65, or three-quarters of a million people, are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. And if nothing changes, this number is likely to rise dramatically, to 1.4 million Canadians by 2031.

Sherbrooke represents the future — and fortunately, the present — of care homes, and offers the kind of hope that we previously only talked about. And the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care’s annual Dialogue on Aging, Geriatric Services Conference, to be held April 17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, will hear many more messages of hope on other aging challenges.

Peter McKnight reports

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