Phil's Editorials
Dementia Friends Canada

June 19, 2015

Did you know that that it is estimated that between 6-15% of Canadian seniors aged 65 years and older are living with some form of dementia?

With this number expected to double by 2031, our Government remains committed to improving the lives of those living with dementia, their families and those who care for them. That is why, on June 5th, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health along with Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, officially launched Dementia Friends Canada to support the growing number of Canadians living with dementia.

The Dementia Friends Canada program is a part of a national public engagement campaign that will help Canadians better understand what it means to live with dementia while educating on how to best support those affected by dementia within our communities. The campaign will engage and educate Canadians on the simple every day actions that can help those living with dementia feel supported and connected within their community, through a dedicated website, video and social media. These every day actions and connections have the potential to substantially improve these individuals quality of life.

Our government has continued to support individuals living with dementia. In fact, since 2006, our government has invested over $220 million for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.

In 2014, our government released Canada’s National Dementia Research and Prevention Plan which supports improved care by:  research, which is improving our understanding of dementia to provide the latest preventive, diagnostic and treatment approaches to help those living with dementia, their families and caregivers and prevention, which is helping to prevent or delay the onset of dementia by reducing risks through early diagnosis.

Economic Action Plan 2015 also purposes to provide up to $42 million over five years, starting in 2015-16, to help establish the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.

Our government is, and will continue to be, committed to working with provincial and territorial governments on a pan-Canadian Dementia Strategy.  For additional information on Dementia or Dementia Friends Canada, please visit: http://www.dementiafriends.ca/ .