Bracebridge, ON – Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka and Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility visited the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka office in Bracebridge to highlight Ontario’s efforts to help families, caregivers and communities recognize the risks of dementia, be prepared for incidents, and better ensure the safety of seniors living with dementia.
Each year, approximately 125,000 seniors in Ontario living with dementia are at risk of wandering and going missing. The province is putting their safety first by providing nearly $600,000 to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to deliver the Finding Your Way program.
“This funding will go a long way in helping to keep seniors safe, especially given an estimated 240,000 seniors in Ontario are living with dementia,” said Minister Cho. “This is another example of how our government is putting seniors and their families first by making it easier to find our missing loved ones faster.”
Finding Your Way is a wandering prevention program which provides practical tools and advice for individuals, caregivers and the community to recognize and reduce the risk of someone with dementia wandering and going missing, while supporting a quick, safe return should an incident occur.
This new funding will help to locate missing seniors living with dementia by working with police to promote the Finding Your Way program resources in their communities, and by delivering seminars for individuals, caregivers and frontline officers that educate and promote awareness.
“Every minute counts when a senior goes missing to help keep them safe. Our government is committed to helping seniors with dementia stay safe,” said Miller. “This is particularly important in Parry Sound-Muskoka where we have a large senior population.”
About sixty per cent of people living with dementia will go missing at some point, often without warning.
Fifty per cent of people who go missing for 24 hours or more risk serious injury or death from exposure, hypothermia or drowning.