Today the Government of Canada hosted Day 1 of the National Dementia Strategy Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. The two-day conference, running from May 14 to 15, 2018, is required by the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act, which states that the federal Minister of Health must convene a conference with various stakeholders for the purpose of developing a comprehensive national dementia strategy.
With approximately 190 participants, including about 25 persons living with dementia, the conference is an important milestone in bringing together a broad range of stakeholders from across the country to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia, no matter their postal code.
Canada is currently one of the last G7 countries without a national dementia strategy. Once the strategy is developed, Canada will become one of approximately 30 countries around the world that has a national plan.
Day 1 proceedings addressed two themes, and several subtopics:
1. Care and Support for People Living with Dementia and their Caregivers
2. Dementia Research in Canada
The theme for Day 2 is Awareness Raising, Stigma Reduction and Health Promotion.
Dementia Justice applauds the Public Health Agency of Canada and the conference planning committee for a successful first day. We are looking forward to Day 2.
Written submission on Bill C-233, National Dementia Strategy, to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (April 2017)
National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act