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January 19th 2010:Family caregiving for dementia

Dementia is the name for various conditions that cause loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood, behaviour and communication abilities. By far the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease can affect adult men and women of all ages though it mostly occurs in persons over the age of 65. It’s a disease of the elderly that affects 8 percent of persons over the age of 65 years, and 35 percent of seniors aged 85 years and over. Family caregivers notice that their family member with Alzheimer’s disease is experiencing gradual onset and often un

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John Sloan, M.D.

Dr John Sloan designed his innovative family-doctor practice to keep his frail elderly patients out of the hospital. He visits them at home, and collaborates with home care nurses, mental health teams, and others in the community. The practice he founded has now been adopted by the Vancouver Hospital geriatric unit and is expanding. As well as his medical qualifications he holds a degree in English and Philosophy, and a graduate degree in Biology. He works as a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of “A Bitter Pill: H
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Katie Griffiths

Katie Griffiths is an Outreach Counselor with the Alzheimer Society Peel office locations. She’s worked with the elderly and their families since 1997. With her colleagues, she provides support for family caregivers caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. She believes that each family caregiver has a unique role and journey with Alzheimer’s disease or any dementia, for that matter. In her professional work, she sees their need for support in navigating this journey mentally, emotionally and physically. While the journey is always hard and demanding, she says, it nevertheless does bring some satisfaction and happiness for the family caregivers. Th
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