Education is key to quality dementia care
As science and medicine help push the average age in industrialised countries to 75 or 80, ageing is having a profound global effect.
The number of over-85s continues to increase and we will soon see the number of over-100s growing at a regular pace. But with age comes an increasing vulnerability to chronic diseases, functional decline, and decreasing quality of life.
A major factor contributing to the problem is the lack of a prepared workforce to care for the unique needs of older adults, and promote or maintain wellness and cognitive and physical function in our ageing population through age-sensitive care.
Dementia is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting around half of those over age 85. Dementia adds a burden to the healthcare workforce because so few understand the complexity of the disease or the changing behaviours that result.
Many primary care providers don’t...