“A few years ago I realized my wife was beginning to forget things,” says Richard. “I wondered what I could do.” Richard decided to draw upon his background as a childhood education teacher and began to assemble daily plans that helped Joan feel more contented, and improved her daily life.
Richard’s wife Joan, who has dementia, now exercises with a Wii Computer programs, sings along to music videos, paints, knits, attends choir practice and still manages to bowl and play golf.
Richard discusses his ideas with Dr. Misiaszek and Donna, the nurse case manager at St. Peter’s Hospital Centre for Healthy Aging. The staff also helps Richard prepare for the road ahead, as Joan’s dementia slowly progresses.
“Remember who she was, not how she is now – because she was the most caring person, always thinking of others, a super mother and a great partner…now it’s my time to reciprocate.”
Richard, Joan’s husband
About the Centre for Healthy Aging
The Centre for Healthy Aging offers a wide range of specialized outpatient services to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Patients and their caregivers attending the specialized geriatric medicine and geriatric psychiatry clinics receive assessment, treatment and support from a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and case managers. Comprehensive therapy services, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropody, speech language therapy and group sessions, are also available.
A Community Outreach Program is available to those who cannot attend clinic appointments, whereby patients can receive assessment and treatment in their home or long-term care facility.
Did You Know?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia affecting older adults.
In Ontario, more than 100,000 people live with the disease; 90 per cent of those are over the age of 65.