Almost 50% of caregivers to loved ones with dementia experience distress, report says.

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According to a study released on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), more than 402,000 Canadians aged 65-plus are estimated to have some form of dementia, with 61 per cent of them living in the community.

The study also noted that approximately 270,000 seniors were being cared for at home in 2015-16, the period covered by the report, with adult children (58 per cent) and spouses (32 per cent) most commonly taking on the role of caregiver for a loved one with dementia.

In the article by the CBC, they look at the report’s findings and they also profile Catherine Kelly who cares for her mother Isabel, 81, who has end-stage vascular dementia.

 

Here is a link to the CBC article.

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/dementia-caregivers-1.4721671

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