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Anthea Innes, Debra Morgan, and Jane Farmer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344957

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344957.001.0001

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Rural dementia research in Canada

Rural dementia research in Canada

(p.75) 5 Rural dementia research in Canada
Remote and Rural Dementia Care

Debra Morgan

Julie Kosteniuk

Megan E. O’Connell

Norma Stewart

Andrew Kirk

Policy Press

Although rural Canada makes up 95% of the country’s land mass, Canada is becoming increasingly urbanized as cities grow and the rural proportion has declined and aged. These changes have socio-economic impacts on rural communities, including ability to deliver health and social services for aging rural populations. The challenges of aging in rural communities, such as disparities in access to services, are compounded when living with dementia. This chapter reviews the Canadian dementia care context, issues and challenges in rural dementia care, and Canadian research addressing these issues. The chapter describes the Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Program based in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, which has been focused on rural dementia care for over 20 years. Key RaDAR projects include the development of an interdisciplinary specialist memory clinic serving rural and remote areas, and rural primary health care memory clinics to increase access to coordinated team-based care in rural communities.

Keywords:   Rural, Dementia, Community-based participatory research, Primary health care, Capacity building

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