One in five baby boomers will develop dementia and the only dedicated dementia care facility in the mid island is Nanaimo Travellers Lodge, a non profit, charitable organization founded in 2004. The group hopes to raise awareness of the tsunami of dementia sufferers expected soon in our community. The rise in dementia is a national and a local issue, with numbers of sufferers expected to more than double over the next 25 years. The Rising Tide, a 2010 report by the Alzheimer Society, reported that there are 70,000 persons living with dementia and alzheimer’s in British Columbia and of these, 10,000 are under 65. By 2038 the number of dementia patients in BC is expected to rise to 175,000. With a high concentration of seniors living on the island, there is going to be a greater demand for dementia care beds.
“The need is extremely great for facilities like NTL that treat dementia patients with respect, offer them choices, and give them hope to live, even as they struggle with the disease,” says Bob Wilson, board member of the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge Society. “NTL staff and volunteers are passionate about providing the highest level of care for the residents and their families.”
Currently the lodge provides a compassionate, caring, and home-like environment for its 90 resident elders. Another 130 elders in the community attend Daybreak and Stepping Stones day programs and 25 also participate in the community bathing program on a weekly basis. The welcoming, friendly environment and excellent care allow elders to live their lives to the fullest. For more information contact Nanaimo Travellers Lodge, 1298 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC, 250-758-4676.