16 seniors have died in B.C. in the past 4 years due to senior-on-senior aggression caused by dementia.
That’s according to a recent Vancouver Sun report.
SFU gerontology professor Gloria Gutman says she can’t believe more isn’t being done to prevent the numbers from going up.
“It’s a serious problem and we probably are going to see more not less of it as more and more of the population live to be old and enter into care facility-type environments.”
Gutman says a thorough assessment of patients going into care homes is long overdue and could prevent many deaths caused by dementia aggression.
“There’s a responsibility on the part of the care facilities to make ensure the person will be safe. On the part of the government is to put regulations in place to make sure that our licence care facilities are up to the task of caring for the type of clients that are coming in these days.”
She adds care homes and staff should be trained to understand what dementia can do.
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there are approximately 750,000 Canadians living with the crippling disease, and that number will nearly double in just 15 years.