As the baby boomer generation gets older,they will be forced to confront conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia, which are likely to increase the demand for home care and space in assisted living facilities.
According to EdmontJournal.com, a recent study titled Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society concluded that by 2038, the number of the countrys residents suffering from Alzheimer's disease will reach 1.1 million, which is more than double the current level.
As the rate of those afflicted with the disease skyrockets, it is likely that Alzheimer's care will be harder to come by. A shortage of options will be especially difficult for caregivers, who will be forced to shoulder the burden of caring for a loved one all by themselves.
"Caregivers have to go through a maze to get help," Bill Gaudette, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories (ASANT), told the news source. "If you could put people in the system who could steer them through that maze it would really help."
According to the ASANT, many Canadians who currently suffer from the disease receive Alzheimer's care at home from nursing services and community agencies, or attend day programs.