Dementia Inclusive Communities
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Canada’s population is aging and more people are living with some form of dementia. According to recent data from the Government of Canada, there are more than 402,000 seniors (65 years and older) living with dementia in Canada. There are approximately 76,000 new cases of dementia diagnosed each year in Canada. Dementia has physical, psychological, social, and economic effects on the individual, their caregivers, families, and society. While there is no cure for dementia, remaining active and socially engaged are known to help delay the progression. To help those living with dementia to remain involved and included in their communities there needs to be dementia awareness and education for businesses, organizations, and community members. This will increase the quality of life for those living with dementia and encourage them to continue to participate in all aspects of community life. They could live in the community knowing they will be valued, understood, supported and respected. This is being introduced in some Canadian cities with success, encouraging them to become dementia inclusive. Let's continue to advocate for this positive step toward inclusion.
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