Being an ‘aging boomer’ myself, articles like this naturally grab my attention. There are some rather interesting forecasts being made about the numbers of Canadians facing dementia in the future and the profound consequences for our health care system and care-givers. The majority of care-givers are women and a large number are seniors themselves. One of the recommendations being made is that more resources be made available to live-in care givers.
I agree heartily with that idea, knowing that my soon-to-be 90 year old Mum will end her days with one of her girls – not in an institution. I also know of several friends who are caring for their parents who suffer from mild forms of dementia. It is not an easy task even with the best support available. However, making it easier for care-givers to access necessary resources makes the job that much less onerous.
Diagrams provided of brain scans done over an 18-month period are graphic depictions of a brain in the throes of dementia. I found the period between 12 months and 18 months to be of most interest as they show a marked increase in the lessening of brain activity.