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The Alzheimer Society of Canada defines dementia as an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, or language that are severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Many diseases can cause dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia (due to strokes). It is estimated that about 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia, and that 937,000 will be living with the disease 15 years from now.

CFHI supports innovations that are improving care for people with dementia across the country, including the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) approach.

In May 2014, CFHI designed and launched its first pan-Canadian AUA collaborative, working with 56 long term care homes – in seven provinces and one territory – to cut the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication to seniors residing in long term care.

This collaborative had its roots in an innovation implemented through the EXTRA: Executive Training Program.

The results led to the first provincially funded and supported CFHI-AUA scale collaborative, in New Brunswick. This initiative is now spreading and scaling up across all long term care homes in the province.

 

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