I got an email recently from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) about dementia caregiving research that won't surprise you. Here is the email:
Your readers, like two million Canadians, are often faced with taking on the role of a caring fortheir elderly parents, spouses and/or friends who wish to remain at home while they confront the challenges of aging. While taking care of a loved one can be very fulfilling, it can also be physically and emotionally draining and lead to burn-out and a search for alternatives, including moving the senior to residential care.
Two studies released this past week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) look closely at care for elderly Canadians. The first looks specifically at factors that can lead to distress among informal caregivers, while the second examines the characteristics of patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia and how those contribute to where they receive care.
Interesting findings include:
·A caregiver was three times more likely to report feeling distressed if they were looking after someone with memory problems such as forgetfulness or confusion, symptoms often associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
·The odds of a relatively high-functioning senior with dementia being placed in a nursing home were seven times higher when the senior had a tendency to wander or had behaviours that were difficult for a caregiver to handle.
The analyses are available on our website, www.cihi.ca. If you think this information would be of interest to your readers, we have knowledgeable experts available to speak to the findings.
Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions or wish to arrange an interview.
Media Relations Coordinator
Canadian Institute for Health Information
FYI -- the report goes into much more detail and is worth a read. Check it out at www.cihi.ca .