4387 : Symposium : ONTARIO'S STRATEGY FOR ALZHEIMER DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIAS

Author(s): 
Feldman, Sid; Hurtubise, Andre; Taniguchi, Alan; Feightner, John
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Oral Presentation
Research Based
Alzheimer Disease and related dementias are a serious and growing problem worldwide. One in thirteen Canadians over the age of 65 (300,000 individuals) and over 40% of people over the age of 90 currently have dementia, at a cost to the Canadian health care system of over 6 billion dollars (cdn) annually. Of great concern, with Canada's ageing population, is that this number is expected to increase by 150% to 750,000 by the year 2031. Recognizing the growing importance of this disease, the Ontario provincial government developed a multi-faceted strategy to improve quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families. One component of this Strategy involves physician training and education, developed by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (QCFP) in co-operation with dementia leaders in geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine and Ontario's medical faculties. This symposium will focus on the physician education initiative of the Ontario Alzheimer Strategy. Through a series of tour linked presentations, different facets of the strategy will be highlighted: Session 1: Curriculum Design and Development Session 2: Community Opinion Leader and Peer Presenter Program Session 3: Academic Faculty Development and Preceptor Program Session 4: Interactive Dementia Website Symposium
OBJECTIVES: By the end of the symposium, participants will be familiar with the details of a multi-faceted model for improving clinical practice in the area of dementia care across a large land and population area, through the application of low and high-technology strategies, developed and disseminated by family physicians.
Topic: Clinical Practice