Canada Needs a National Plan to Deal with Dementia
December 10th, 2013 - 6:36pm
Canada is facing a looming crisis in the number of people afflicted with dementia—so New Democrats are calling on the government to develop a pan-Canadian strategy to deal with the disorder.
G8 countries will hold a special summit on dementia tomorrow and Canada will be one of the few countries at the summit without a national dementia plan. “Canadians deserve better and I call on the government to support NDP MP Claude Gravelle’s bill to develop a national plan on dementia (C-356),” said Donnelly.
“In recent years there's been an increased strain on community mental health resources, particularly since the closure of Riverview,” said Donnelly. “With an aging population, these strains will only increase and place increased responsibility on families who care for loved ones with illnesses like dementia.”
Today 747,000 Canadians live with dementia. The number is expected to rise to 1.4 million by 2031. The illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $33 billion a year, including millions of hours of unpaid caregiving from family members.
“Canada needs a dementia plan now,” said Donnelly. “This bill supports The Alzheimer Society's call for a national dementia plan to help reduce the burden of dementia and to support more people with the illness across Canada.”