There was a recent letter in The Toronto Star, advocating, once again, for a national dementia strategy.
For those of us working in the field, this is probably not news. However, of interest, I was recently invited to attend one of several round table discussions that Ontario’s Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, MPP for Halton, Indira Naidoo-Harris is holding across the Province. Ontario is looking at developing its own dementia strategy and a wide range of stakeholders; providers, persons with dementia and their caregivers are being invited to sit down and share their stories. It seems that Ontario is committed to this strategy and everyone should be encouraged to get involved. Your local chapter of the Alzheimer Society can help, if you, or someone you know, wants to be part of the process.
In fact, the anticipated cost of dementia in Canada continues to be a staggering figure that demands local, provincial and national attention.
How do you plan to get involved? Leave a comment! Let’s start a conversation right now!