Behind People of Dementia is a dedicated team of physicians and researchers whose ambition is to provide a voice and empowerment to a marginalized group of persons in society, and those who support them. We aim to reduce stigma and raise awareness for dementia, a disease with rising care costs, and to educate the public by providing accurate, up-to-date scientific information and statistics that accompany our stories.
There are 564 000 Canadians living with dementia, which will rise to nearly a million by 2031. The combined Canadian health care system costs and out-of-pocket caregiver costs for dementia care amounted to $10.4 billion in 2016, and by 2031, this figure is expected to increase to $16.6 billion. In 2011, family caregivers provided 19.2 million unpaid hours of care. This number is projected to double by 2031.
The presence of dementia in our world, and the associated health care costs, is rapidly rising. By providing a voice to those who live with dementia and their support network, we believe we can provide a compassionate platform for our viewers to learn more about the successes and challenges associated with this disease. We believe story telling can be therapeutic for its narrators, and is an effective way to communicate educational information.
Jeff Jamieson (MD, CCFP), Care of the Elderly Resident in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB, Canada), thanks the NAAFP Fund Committee for supporting his research project, People of Dementia. Project development has been supported by a team of physicians and researchers since project development began in Fall 2015 – Drs. Karenn Chan, Lesley Charles, Bonnie Dobbs, and Peter Tian.