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4 myths about Alzheimer's disease (with bonus resources below)

By Joel Stoddart, Careforce Health Service

Alzheimer's disease and related dementia are among the fastest-growing illnesses affecting people across Canada (and beyond).

With that in mind, we thought we’d take a moment to bust a few myths about this life changing disease:

Myth – Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two words for the same thing: dementia is an umbrella term used to describe memory loss caused by changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one.

Myth – Alzheimer’s affects only a small subset of the population: today, an estimated 500,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Within a generation, this is expected to double to more than 1 million.

Myth – Alzheimer’s and dementia are a normal part of aging: as we get older, normal changes in the brain lead to less efficient memory. However, memory changes that affect daily living are not normal and should be discussed with your family practitioner.

Myth – You’re on your own: the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia (www.alzheimer.ca/ns), Caregivers Nova Scotia (www.caregiversns.org) and the Annapolis Valley District Health Authority have resources to help you.

Careforce has professional caregivers specifically trained to assist individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Call us 24 hours a day at 365-3155 or email nurse@careforce.ca if you would like to know more.



Rising Tide: The impact of dementia on Canadian society: a major Canadian study, commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The 2010 report examines the current situation, compares the Canadian situation with that of other countries, and makes recommendations about policy change.

Musical reflections of Alzheimer's, by Christina Martin
: Christina Martin is a Nova Scotian singer-songwriter who has produced some amazing music as part of the 'Remember Me' project. Visit this site to hear it.

At Home with Alzheimer's Disease: Useful Adaptations to the Home Environment: A very reader-friendly 2008 report from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) outlining strategies you can use around the house to live comfortably and safely with Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Checklist: a short resource for family caregivers who suddenly find themselves addressing the Alzheimer's diagnosis of a loved one.

The Long Goodbye: a personal account of the affect Alzheimer's and dementia have on families, as featured in the Chronicle Herald Magazine, October 2013.

The Alzheimer's Checklist for Medical Appointments: a handy little resource for Alzheimer's patients or their loved ones to take along to medical appointments.

Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics: if Alzheimer's disease or other dementia are new concepts to you, start here.

YouTube Video: What is Alzheimer's Disease and How Does It Work? a 3 minute and 15 second video that explains Alzheimer's and illustrates its progression.

Facebook: The Alzheimer's Team: a hub for information and inspiration, with more than 100,000 'likes' and growing every day.

Twitter: Alzheimer's Association: a leading source for articles, information, and inspiration about Alzheimer's Disease on Twitter. With more than 42,000 followers.

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia: the hub for all news, events, and resources relating to Alzheimer's here in Nova Scotia.

Annapolis Valley District Health Authority - Seniors Mental Health Services: discover services, programs, and resources right here in the Annapolis Valley.


At Careforce, we work hard to earn your business. Here are just a few of the many reasons to choose Careforce.

1. We are person focused, not task focused. Our caregivers aren't just concerned about getting tasks done (although they're great at that too); they care about making you feel special.

2. All of our caregivers are supervised by a Nurse; you can be sure you are in good hands with Careforce's caregivers, who are also carefully screened and well trained. Having a Nurse on your side gives you extra confidence and peace of mind.

3. A small, consistent team of caregivers focused on your needs; while some home care agencies send a different caregiver to their clients each day, Careforce understands that you want consistency. You can expect to work with a small, devoted team of caregivers that will get to know your needs and deliver consistent results.

4. We are responsive. If you choose Careforce, you will have a caregiver who is right for you in your home quickly (usually within 48 hours or sooner).

5. No long-term contracts, ever. Careforce believes you should never have to pay for care you don't need. If you ever wish to cancel or postpone service, all you have to do is say so.

6. We are local. We care about our community because we all live here, too. You can always speak with somebody local - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - when you call Careforce. No automated phone commands! We have offices in Kentville and Kingston to serve you.

7. Our workers are also owners. Because many of our caregivers also own the company, they are more heavily invested in providing you with a perfect experience.

8. We offer the most flexible shifts in the Annapolis Valley. You need care when YOU need it, not when it's convenient for your caregiver.

We’ve helped hundreds of Valley residents with our expertise, compassion and personalized care and we’d be pleased to help you.

Give us a call. We’d like to help.

For your FREE in-home consultation call 1-866-966-1466.