With one in 10 people over the age of 65 living with Alzheimer’s disease, nearly everyone is touched by this disease in their lifetime. But what do you know about Alzheimer’s? And how can you better care for your older relatives and senior community members?
Victoria’s Home Instead Senior Care has an easy, innovative way to learn – and do – more.
During Dementia Awareness Week in May, those who had signed up for Home Instead’s I’m Ready to Care initiative would have received a short 10-question quiz designed to increase their knowledge about the disease.
Recognizing it only a takes few minutes to better educate yourself about dementia disorders, or innumerable other aspects of senior living, Ready to Care invites you to sign up with a name and mobile number to receive weekly senior care missions, tips and inspiration.
In addition to completing the missions – like the short Alzheimer’s disease quiz, or a text reminder to send a note “just because” to a senior friend or family member – you’ll also find a website is filled with helpful resources and links, as well as comments from others sharing their experience and tips.
”Ready to Care is designed to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families here in Greater Victoria and across Canada,” explains Clayton Basi, Community Education Manager with the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Greater Victoria. “There is no fee to join or to participate in care missions, and our hope is that by sharing both information, experiences and simple acts of caring we improve older adults’ experience in our communities.”
- Before 2020, people aged 65 and older will outnumber children under age 5 for the first time in human history.
- By 2050, the 65+ population will be more than double that of the world’s youngest citizens.
- Those living beyond age 80 are expected to triple over the next 30 years.
As the older population grows, so will the number of people who need everyday help. Family members typically step in to care for aging loved ones, and when they can’t, professional caregivers and health care workers can help.
“If everyone does a little, we can care for everyone,” Basi says. “Just like ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ a caring community also helps support its older adults. Working together, we can help increase our capacity to care for our aging global village.”
Sign up today:
Visit imreadytocare.com/take-action to learn more! Participants can opt out of the program at any time; normal messaging and data rates apply.