New Dementia Program To Help Families Ensure Seniors’ Safety


MISSISSAUGA – Ontario is launching a program to help  families, caregivers and communities recognize the risks of dementia, be prepared for incidents, and better ensure that seniors can live safely in their communities.

About 125,000 seniors in Ontario living with dementia are at risk of wandering and going missing each year. The province is putting their safety first by providing nearly $ 600,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to deliver the Finding Your Way program.

Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care were at Malton Village Long-Term Care Home on Tuesday with representatives of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to announce the program.

“This funding will go a long way in helping seniors stay safe, especially given an estimated 240,000 seniors in Ontario are living with dementia,” said Minister Cho. “This is one more example of how we are doing things and we are doing it better.”

Finding Your Way is a multicultural wandering prevention program that provides a number of useful and useful tools for caregivers and caregivers.

This new funding will help you to find more people in your community, and you will need to know more about it.

“We are very pleased with the support of the Ontario government to grow our finding your way program, ” said Cathy Barrick, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Ontario. “We are also going to be able to reduce future incidents.”

“This is one of the most vulnerable people in the world,” said Minister Fullerton. “This funding will help to keep those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s in our long-term cares homes safe.”

• About sixty per cent of people living with dementia will go missing at some point, often without warning.

• Fifty per cent of people who go missing for 24 hours risk serious injury or death from exposure, hypothermia or drowning.

• 7,500 people were reported missing in Ontario in 2018.

Meanwhile, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and MPP for Nipissing, and Natalia Kusendova, MPP for Mississauga Centre, were at the North Bay Recovery Home to talk about supporting those facing addictions challenges.