Alzheimer’s Month 2018

Care for the caregivers

Today, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, more than 564,000 Canadians are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and more than 1 million Canadians are affected by their loved one’s disease.

Alzheimer’s can be challenging not only for those who have it, but also for their caregivers and families as they provide an average of 8.2 hours of support each day.

This Alzheimer Awareness Month, learn how you can help people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and how to care for caregivers by exploring resources from Baycrest Health Sciences.
Below, you will learn about the latest research, compassionate care and ways you can help those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
Online dementia resource aims to improve health outcomes
Lessen the complexity, confusion and challenge of locating reliable online information about dementia for caregivers and those with concerns about dementia and memory loss with Dementia Resources from Around the World, a carefully curated collection of senior-friendly and peer-reviewed websites about dementia.

Baycrest and CMHA partner to evaluate caregiver mental health program
Baycrest has teamed up with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario to assess the country’s first multilingual, group program centred on evidence-based, talk therapy principles for older adult caregivers.

Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide
Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide, updated third edition*, provides caregivers with practical tips and coping strategies in such areas as: activities of daily living, communication, sex and intimacy, managing challenging behaviours, driving, falls prevention and home safety. It discusses new treatments, medication and legislation that have emerged since the previous printing. In addition, based on the feedback of persons with dementia and their caregivers, new sections were added on such topics as sleep, travelling with someone with dementia and what to expect in the later stages.


Caregiver SOS

Read the latest articles written by Baycrest dementia caregiving expert Nira Rittenberg
My wife’s dementia has her rummaging through the house. How do I cope?
Though this behaviour isn’t uncommon, it can pose dangers to a lot of individuals living with dementia.

I’m nervous about including dad with dementia in niece’s wedding: Caregiver SOS
Wedding days can send the healthiest individual into a tailspin, so imagine how these challenges could be amplified for someone with cognitive vulnerabilities.
Specialist helps you understand brain, nervous system
Neuropsychologists in a good position to help with diagnoses of patients who are suffering brain function changes.

I’m 18 and my mom was diagnosed with dementia: Caregiver SOS

A diagnosis of dementia is particularly devastating when the person is the parent of a teen or young adult.

Baycrest Programs, Services & Resources

Counselling and referral services
If you’re looking to access community resources or having trouble navigating the healthcare system, this is a great place to start.

The Centre for Memory & Neurotherapeutics
Access clinical and educational programs for memory, dementia and related disorders.

The Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Family Caregiving
Get help coping with the physical and emotional demands of looking after a loved one.
Online caregiver support group
Are you caring for a family member with dementia? Join one of our online support groups that fit your unique needs

Caring for the caregiver
Helpful advice from our experts to help caregivers keep themselves healthy.

Dementia Resources from Around the World
Access the best senior friendly web resources for individuals experiencing symptoms of dementia and their caregivers.