DID YOU KNOW
Canadians Living with Alzheimers Disease
- An estimated 500,000 Canadians have Alzheimers disease or a related dementia. Over 70,000 of them are under 65 and approximately 50,000 are under the age of 60.
- 1 in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 has Alzheimers disease or a related dementia.
- Women make up almost three-quarters of Canadians with Alzheimers disease.
- Although genetics play a role in the disease, only five to seven per cent of people diagnosed have the inherited form of Alzheimers disease.
- One-in-five Canadians age 45 and over are providing some form of care to seniors who have long-term health problems
- As our population ages, the number of people affected by Alzheimers disease or a related dementia is going to increase dramatically
- Earlier diagnosis, access to better treatment options and a greater understanding of the disease itself are changing the lives of people with Alzheimers disease. Many people continue to lead active and meaningful lives long after diagnosis.
- Dementia is more than just an important health concern, it has the potential to overwhelm the Canadian health care system if fundamental changes are not made in research funding and care delivery. SP
IN PERSON: Yuki Watanabe (continued from page 1)
THE FAMILY TAKES ACTION
Refusing to take no for an answer, the family banded together and found a way to fight the insurers denial. They retained Share Lawyers for two reasons – their proven track record of success fighting and winning critical illness denials; and the firms “no fees unless we win” guarantee.
CHALLENGING THE MISREPRESENTATION CLAIM
Since the purchase of the policy and the medical issue being contested took place so many years ago, it was difficult, but not impossible to build a strong case for the Watanabe family.
By scrutinizing numerous medical records and compiling statements from Yukis physicians, it was discovered that Yuki had never been informed about his slightly higher than average blood pressure during one of his annual physical exams.
When Share Lawyers presented the insurance company with the facts, they agreed to reconsider the claim. Yuki and his family felt that Share Lawyers made the process very easy and non-stressful, and only had their best interest at heart. Yuki agreed to a settlement and received a lump sum from the insurance company. SP
[All names and identifying details have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all involved.]