Seniors care in BC: Dementia wave set to make institutions more responsive to residents

Kevin Griffin, The Vancouver Sun

Erna Dreger held out as long as she could. She kept her husband Paul out of the seniors care system for nine years, caring for him at home after he was diagnosed in 2003 with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. But Paul, now 80, liked to go for walks by himself. Erna realized his wandering had become dangerous when he got lost and she had to call in police to find him.

“I knew I had to be smart before something tragic happened,” said Erna, 77.

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