Developing a Dementia Strategy. Is this news?

There was a recent letter in The Toronto Star, advocating, once again, for a national dementia strategy.

Readers’ letters to The Star

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.

Ontario Dementia Strategy

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!

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One thought on “Developing a Dementia Strategy. Is this news?

  1. With regard to Sylvia’s comments regarding a Dementia Strategy at the provincial level (Ontario)- a colleague forwarded me the following information that I thought may be of interest at the federal level with regard to Dementia care / funding for Senior’s issues. Take a look!

    There is no longer a Minister Responsible for Seniors in Trudeau’s cabinet. However, the two primary federal senior issues are in the realm of economic and health policies.

    Seniors issues has a policy home in the new Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

    http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-families-children-and-social-development-mandate-letter
    If you scroll through this mandate letter you will see that the focus on seniors will be economic policy with this directive – “Work with the Minister of Finance to improve the income security of lower income seniors living alone by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by ten percent, indexing Old Age Security (OAS) and GIS payments to a new Senior’s Price Index, cancelling the increase in age of eligibility for OAS (65 to 67), and working with provinces and territories to ensure adequate and coordinated support programs to address seniors’ poverty.”

    Under the Minister of Health, check out the mandate letter here: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-health-mandate-letter
    It includes “support the delivery of more and better home care services. This includes more access to high quality in-home caregivers, financial supports for family care, and, when necessary, palliative care” through a new Health Accord with the federal, provincial, territorial partners.

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