In 2016 the NB Council on Aging listed creation of a provincial Dementia Strategy as a top priority for government. Prior to the council meetings, there had been periodic calls from the Alzheimer Society and other knowledgeable leaders in the system for such a strategy for the province.
The reason for the push from care delivery persons and families is that the growth of Dementia (there are at least 85 different forms of which Alzheimer’s is the leading one) is rapid and placing incredible stress on Emergency Departments, family doctors’ offices, the long term care system, and, most importantly, caregivers.
The Alzheimer Society of NB estimates the cost of treating this disease is $479 million per annum and by 2029 it will rise to $1.042 Billion. In the first six months of this year, the Society received 405 new clients and that is less than half of the known new cases being managed in New Brunswick in some manner. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.