There exists a culture in long-term care that provides few opportunities for those directly involved in care to participate in decision-making. Current approaches to care often exclude persons with dementia from decision-making, fuelled by misunderstanding and stigma that view persons with dementia as incapable of communicating their experiences, and thus unable to make meaningful contributions to their own lives and the lives of others. These misconceptions contribute to the silencing and marginalisation of those with dementia and limit possibilities in dementia care.
Youth health is growing increasingly important and the Youth Excel project hopes that funding will help finally transform the research into direct action. The Propel Center for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo will act as the Secretariat for the grant of 2.4 million dollars for disease prevention initiatives.