LETTER: Governments need to step up to help those with dementia

Numbers are ‘shocking’ and families are suffering

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Greg Knill for his column, “Is your community ready for the dementia wave?” Yes, it is a nasty disease and sadly, too many people turn a blind eye to it.

I am a caregiver to a spouse who has become overtaken by dementia, and it is truly a life-altering issue.

There is help available depending on the severity of the illness in the person who is suffering with dementia, but the individual has to want the help.

I live in a mobile home park and thank God I have wonderful neighbours who are aware of our situation, and I can trust them to assist should my spouse decide to wander away.

I also recommend for the caregiver to attend programs. I go to a support group with the dementia society and it is wonderful.

Mr. Knill’s figures about pending dementia victims are shocking. The government agencies need to step up support for both the person with dementia and the caregivers.

Larry Harris

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