National Dementia Strategy Recommendations from Senator Ogilvie

Monday, March 20, 2017

After leading the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology panel, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie recommended that a national dementia strategy be implemented by the Canadian government. He recently spoke at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, stating that “[dementia is] a condition someone can live with for quite some time, provided supports are in place [and] the community [allows] that to occur.” The 29 recommendations of the report focus on improving prevention, research, and ameliorating quality of life for Canadians living with dementia. Supports need to be in place for care partners, he expressed, saying that caring for people with dementia cannot solely be the responsibility of spouses, children, and the Alzheimer Society. Linda Bird, director of programs and services for Nova Scotia’s Alzheimer Society, asserted that “all levels of government and all levels of organizations across the country need to work together to work out a strategy that no matter where you live with it, all have access to [information and] education support; research is going to help everyone, and I think we need that nationwide perspective to address all the issues and the complexity of the disease.”

SOURCE: The Chronicle Herald: http://thechronicleherald.ca/valleyharvester/1450609-ogilvie-national-strategy-needed-for-dementia

DATE RETRIEVED: March 17, 2017

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