September, World Alzheimer’s Month
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
Whilst there are many areas where senior women could use assistance, health care comes to the forefront, especially mental health issues such as depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada shares the fact that 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia. (More than 747,000 with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.) In 15 years, that number will be close to 1 million. Of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65, 65% are women.
Currently, older women tend to have fewer financial resources, fewer years’ experience in the workforce and less experience managing family finances, compared to older men. Accordingly, today’s older women may be less able to pay for supportive care and to access health services that are not being funded.
The National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias Act only recently received assent on June 22, 2017. There is still much work to be done for effective healthcare of those living with these diseases.
Heavenly Father, accept the prayers we offer for senior women with health needs. We pray that they will have access to the care they need and that those who are unable to speak for themselves will be treated with compassion and kindness. We pray for the caregivers, the advocates and the decision-makers and ask that you will guide them in their work and decision-making. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Anita Gittens, Etobicoke,ON.