ICMH highlighted on CFAX 1070 Wellness Weekend Show

Even though we’re all literally doing it every single day, it can still be one of the most difficult transitions in a person’s life; getting older. There are so many changes that come with ageing – mobility, activity levels, social interaction and overall health. Pam Lewis is a nurse and also the Director of Community Program Development at Island Community Mental Health and part of her job is to support those 65+ as they face some of these changes, including a diagnosis of a chronic disease. Pam talks about the challenges of ageing and how to support the elderly in your life through this transition.

If you are interested in the Aging Well Program – CBT And Mindfulness for Older Adults Contact Darlene Arsenault at 250 389 1211


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On October 8, 2015, Brent Seal will be speaking on his journey from mental illness to mental wellness. This personal and powerful story will educate and inspire those affected by mental illness, and those who live and work with them.

You can get your free tickets to Brent Seal by clicking this link: Brent Seal – From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness

Rate My Hospital Dementia epidemic looms by 2050

London G8 summit to focus attention on global problem increasingly impacting developing countries

Thomson Reuters Posted: Dec 05, 2013 1:49 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 05, 2013 1:49 PM ET
Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than triple to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday.
Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) showed a 17 per cent increase in the number of people with the incurable mind-robbing condition compared with 2010, and warned that by 2050 more than 70 per cent of people with dementia will be living in poorer countries.

Passers-by in Belgium were asked to write positive messages and stick it on the columns to raise awareness of dementia in 2012. By 2050 more than 70 per cent of people with dementia will be living in poorer countries, Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates. (Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters)
“It’s a global epidemic and it is only getting worse,” said ADI’s executive director Marc Wortmann.
“If we look into the future the numbers of elderly people will rise dramatically. It’s vital that the World Health Organization makes dementia a priority, so the world is ready to face this condition.”
Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a fatal brain disease that has no cure and few effective treatments.
Like other forms of the disorder, it affects patients’ memory, thinking and behaviour and is an increasingly overwhelming burden on societies and economies. While there are a few drugs that can ease some symptoms in some people, there is no cure.
Even now, the global cost of dementia care is more than $600 billion, or around 1.0 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP), and that will only increase, the ADI says.
In a policy report published along with the new data, Martin Prince, a professor at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said “most governments are woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic.” His report said only 13 countries have national dementia plans.
“This is a global problem that is increasingly impacting on developing countries with limited resources and little time to develop comprehensive systems of social protection, health and social care,” Prince said in a statement. Click here to keep reading.

5 tips for tracking missing persons with dementia

Search and rescue expert says dementia patients are hard to find, but there are some patterns

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2013 5:25 PM PT Last Updated: Dec 11, 2013 5:25 PM PT
Concern over the safety of seniors with dementia is growing, following the death of a 76-year-old woman in a North Vancouver park after she wandered away from her care facility.
Dementia patient Joan Warren was not wearing her electronic tracking bracelet when she went missing on Friday and family, friends, firefighters, police and volunteers all joined North Shore Search and Rescue in a huge search operation.
Joan Warren

Despite an extensive search effort, Joan Warren, who was 76 and suffered from dementia, was found dead near Lynn Canyon two days after she went missing. (Family photo)
Warren’s body was found two days later, off trail, near Lynn Canyon suspension bridge. She had died of hypothermia.
Warren’s family say searchers did their best, but could she have been found sooner?
Robert J. Koester, a U.S. search and rescue expert based in Virginia, who spoke with Stephen Quinn on CBC Radio One’s On The Coast, says dementia patients are the hardest subjects to find, and time is of the essence.
“The sooner you can get more eyes involved, the better. The more urban the area, the better the chance that somebody other than search and rescue is going to make the find,” he said.
In a database he keeps, he’s found that 22 per cent of cases of missing persons with dementia end with the patient found dead — a rate that is far too high — but Koester says he’s identified patterns that can help searchers track what often seems like counter-intuitive behaviour.
Here are five search tips he shared with CBC Radio’s On The Coast:Click here to read on.