TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2023—This holiday season, the Ontario Medical Association is highlighting the importance of providing inclusive and compassionate care for people with dementia. Festivities and family gatherings can be both joyous and challenging for them and their caregivers.
About seven per cent of seniors live with dementia, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The holiday season can be overwhelming for them due to changes in routine, increased social interactions and overstimulation, according to Dr. Barbara Clive, a geriatric medicine specialist at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga.
Dr. Clive has some practical tips to support caregivers and families in navigating the holidays with sensitivity and care:
The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario’s 43,000-plus physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating for and supporting doctors while strengthening the leadership role of doctors in caring for patients. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.
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Leslie Shepherd, OMA director of earned and social media