Ontario Helping to Keep Seniors with Dementia in Mississauga SafePublished on October 17, 2019
Ontario is helping families, caregivers and communities recognize the risks of dementia, be prepared for incidents, and better ensure that seniors can live safely in Mississauga
MISSISSAUGA – 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 coordinate the Finding Your Way Program, which the Alzheimer Society of Peel will deliver across the Region of Peel.
“This funding will go a long way in helping to keep seniors living in Mississauga safe, especially given an estimated 240,000 seniors in Ontario are living with dementia,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “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 multicultural 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 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 in Mississauga,” said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. “We are protecting what matters most to help seniors live independently in their communities.”
Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, joined by the Alzheimer Society Peel team, including CEO Christopher Rawn-Kane, Senior Director of Specialized Programs Karen Phair, and Fund Development Coordinator Lisa Benedikt
- 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 risk serious injury or death from exposure, hypothermia or drowning.
- Nearly 7,500 people were reported missing in Ontario in 2018.
The Alzheimer Society Peel was incorporated in 1983 as a charitable non-profit Society. Since that time, it has diligently worked to promote public and professional awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and to support families and individuals affected by them, through offices in Brampton and Mississauga. All services and programs operate either free of charge, or for a nominal fee, and no diagnosis or referral is needed to access their services.
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP