Friday, July 29, 2016

Sudbury researchers study indigenous dementia - SUDBURY STAR

Originally published: July 26, 2016

A pair of Sudbury researchers has been chosen to present its findings at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 in Toronto this week.

Kristen Jacklin, of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and Melissa Blind, from Laurentian University's Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, are to present Tuesday on the topic "International Perspectives on Dementia and Aging in Indigenous Populations."

The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and dementias has risen more than 18 per cent in Ontario in the last eight years, according to new research presented at the conference.

Rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are a concern for indigenous populations in Canada, say the women. The prevalence of these illnesses increased so fast in this population, it has left health care providers and indigenous health services looking for ways to provide adequate, appropriate care.

With that increase, it is recognized that education, training, services and programs must shift to meet the needs of indigenous people with Alzheimer's and their families.