Ontario Dementia Advisory Group e-newsletter, April 2017

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A Letter from the Chair

APRIL 2017

Hello, ODAG Members, Friends, and Supporters.

The last two months have been very interesting for people living with dementia. It is a time of policy changes, budget allocations and the broadening of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities to formally include people living with dementia.

This e-newsletter focuses on these important topics in Mary Beth Wightonorder to provide a better understanding of key decisions that are being made about you. This is why it is imperative that each person with a cognitive disability is well educated about such topics. Be an advocate for yourself!

I look forward to working with you in creating a better world for people living with dementia. 


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Mary Beth Wighton,


Ontario Dementia Advisory Group (ODAG)

Phyllis Fehr, Vice-Chair; Tammy Bellamy, Board Member; Carole Johannesson; Board Member

News: from Coast to Coast

Ontario Budget 2017

It is expected that the Ontario government will soon make its 2017 budget announcement.

Within it, will be its funding amount for the implementation of the greatly anticipated Ontario Dementia Strategy.  Over the last two years, ODAG members and supporters have worked hard to raise our voices in order for our opinions and recommendations to be heard.

It is our hope that our hard work pays off and Premier Wynne and Minister Hoskins commit to a well-funded Ontario Dementia Strategy. Stay tuned...

Bill C-233: A National Dementia Strategy 

Bill C-233 is a Private Member’s Bill calling for the development and implementation of a national Dementia strategy.  The proposed bill will bring together federal, provincial and territorial representatives and others — including people living with dementia, health-care professionals, researchers  — to work together in developing a national strategy that will address all aspects of dementia. 

For a bill to become law, it must go through many stages in both the House of Commons and Senate.  March 28th, 2017 Bill C-233 was adopted in the Senate at second reading.  This is wonderful news!  It is widely speculated Canadians will see this becomes law in 2017.

Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership Study

BACKGROUND: This study aims to identify priority areas for Canadian dementia researchers and research funding organizations.  In the summer of 2016, a cross-Canada survey asking questions about living with dementia, prevention, treatment and diagnosis was completed.  It was widely circulated among persons with dementia and many other groups.

ODAG has the honour to participate in its Steering Group.  This group is now very busy reviewing the results of the huge amount of data compilation.  At the end of May, it will come together in Toronto to decide on the final 10 Canadian research priorities.  More information to come as the Steering Group completes its final exercise.  

For more information: 

ODAG's Learning Session

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Mission Statement
"Learning About Your Human Rights as a Person with Dementia"

Date:  May 30th 2017
Time:  2:00 - 2:45 p.m. EST
Speaker:  Phyllis Fehr - ODAG & DAI Boardmember
Location:  web video conference

More information to come.

 Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia, MAREP, CERAH, Alzheimer Society Ontario

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