Protecting Older Adults with Dementia: How Senior Care Services Help


Protecting Older Adults in North Vancouver with Dementia: How Senior Care Services Help

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 1 in 8 people over age 65 (13%) have Alzheimer’s Disease, and they project that by 2050, barring any new medical breakthrough, the number of people over age 65 with Alzheimer’s Disease may triple from 5.2 million to 11 to 16 million (Petonito et al., 2012, p. 17-18).

Alzheimer’s and dementia increases seniors risk of all kinds of injuries, illnesses, and negative outcomes. But senior care services can help.

Today’s post outlines 3 ways that ABC BC Canada can offset the risks of your aging parents’ dementia while simultaneously improving their comfort and quality of life.

Senior Care Services Stop “Silver Alerts”

You’re probably familiar with “Amber Alerts,” which are used to report and locate missing children. Similarly, “Silver Alerts” broadcast information about missing senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other mental disabilities in order to aid in locating them

The idea of a vulnerable aging parent wandering out of the home and into the streets of Vancouver is a nightmare, but it happens every day.

Global News recently published the story of Christina Wallace, an 87-year old woman with dementia who went missing early morning in downtown Vancouver last February. Wallace’s family were distraught after Wallace wandered out of her care home at West Pender Street near Homer Street. Somehow, despite being “known to go missing in the past,” Wallace was left unsupervised. It only took a moment for her to slip away.

Fortunately, this story had a happy ending. Christina was found and return to her care home safe and sound. But many seniors aren’t so lucky.

And according to The Gerontologist, incidents of wandering by elders with cognitive impairments are only expected to rise over the next few decades as the Baby Boom cohort continues to age past 65 en masse.

With senior care services in place, you don’t need luck to keep your aging parents safe–they are always monitored, even when you need respite or live out of town. If you are ever wondering about your loved one’s whereabouts and your calls or messages aren’t being returned, your caregiver will act as a reliable point of contact at all times.

Senior Care Services offset the Risks of Loneliness and Social Isolation

Recent research by scientists at the Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee confirms that loneliness is tied to an increased risk of developing dementia. Processing data from over 12,030 individual cases, researchers found that loneliness was associated with a 40% higher risk of developing dementia over a 10-year follow-up period.

Our senior care services completely eliminate this risk factor. Whether you need an hour of company each week or 24/7 companionship, our team delivers, matching your loved one with a compatible caregiver who provides meaningful conversation, great listening skills, and endless options for activities to keep them entertained.

Senior Care Services Creates Safe Opportunities for Exercise

Physical exercise maintains good blood flow to the brain and may encourage new brain cell growth and survival. Several studies have found that physical activity in early, mid and late life is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

Unfortunately, many seniors struggle to meet weekly exercise recommendations due to safety concerns and mobility issues. This is where our senior care services can help. We can accompany your loved one on gentle walks or encourage and monitor their home exercise program. In this way, we increase your loved one’s access to dementia-fighting exercise.

Learn More About ABC BC Canada

We proudly serve North & West Vancouver, Vancouver, and Burnaby.

Call 778-945-3010 or visit our website to book a free consultation with our senior care team and learn more about how we can help.

References

Petonito, G., Muschert, G. W., Carr, D. C., Kinney, J. M., Robbins, E. J., & Brown, J. S. (2012). Programs to locate missing and critically wandering elders: A critical review and a call for multiphasic evaluation. The Gerontologist, 53(1), 17-25.

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