Sasha Mallya - 2016 to 2018
Ryerson University

"Bringing relief to caregivers: Evaluating the effects of mindfulness on psychosocial well-being and cognitive function in informal caregivers of persons with dementia"

The number of older adults in Ontario is projected to more than double from almost 2.1 million in 2013 to over 4.5 million by 2041, leading to a dramatic expansion in the number of individuals who develop dementia. The growth in dementia cases will consequently increase the number of individuals who provide care. Athough the prevalence of informal caregivers varies across Canada, Ontario has a particularly high prevalence rate of 29%, making informal caregivers an important segment of the population for Ontario mental health initiatives to address.