Like every winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder pops up, as does awareness surrounding mental health issues. One of the biggest issues facing seniors is Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia.
"We know from statistics that the number of seniors living with Alzheimer's is just going to continue to grow," admitted Amanda Panisiak, a primary care nurse with the Big Country Primary Care Network. "We've really had a push on screening or trying to diagnose seniors with dementia sooner so that we can put supports and planning in place as the disease progresses."
"The sooner that we can diagnose someone and support them and educate the patient and their family, the more likely they are to live at home longer," she elaborated.
Panasiak addressed a gathering at Drumheller's Pioneer Trail Society on Tuesday, January 30. While the Primary Care Network is made up of physicians and other health care professionals, Panisiak strongly feels it's better to keep patients in familiar surroundings for as long as possible.
"People do so much better living at home," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "There can be wait lists for getting into care, so the better we can support people at home the better for all systems."
For more information on the Big Country Primary Network follow this link. For more information on Alzheimer's click here.