Study: Canadians Not Prepared to Care for Loved One’s Alzheimer’s

Researchers say the incidence of Alzheimer’s  is expected to double in the next 15 years, yet we often don’t think these things will ever affect us or our loved ones. According to a new survey, a whopping 79 per cent of non-caregivers do not have a home-care plan in case of an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Of those already caring for a loved one with the disease, 55 per cent had made plans.

“What this survey is telling us is that although Canadians are aware that the number of Alzheimer’s cases is set to double, they are not proactively preparing themselves or their loved ones,” says Linda Lane, vice-president of clinical practice for We Care Home Health Services. It is fitting that this is brought to our attention on World Alzheimer’s Day. “We wanted to share these figures and launch our new guide in the hopes that more Canadians will put a plan in place before they find themselves in the caregiver role,” said Lane in a press release.

25 per cent of those surveyed admitted they feared they would be overwhelmed or unable to cope in the case of a diagnosis and 21 per cent feared they would be physically unable to do the job. “Obviously, the initial diagnosis can be devastating. Our guide is meant to help caregivers so they are not overwhelmed – especially in the early stages of the disease when many opt to keep their loved ones in a familiar home environment,” says Lane.

The We Care Caregiver Series Guide on Alzheimer’s and Dementia helps Canadians transitioning into this new role to offer tips on how to reduce stress, coping strategies while managing a loved one’s care. For more information or to get a free copy of We Care’s Caregiver Series Guide on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, click here.