From May 14–15, 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada is holding the National Dementia Strategy Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference 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.
Canada is currently one of the last G7 countries without a national dementia strategy. As such, the conference is an important milestone in joining our international counterparts and improving the quality of life for Canadians living with dementia through coordinated efforts among a broad range of stakeholders. Once the strategy is developed, Canada will become one of approximately 30 countries around the world that has a national plan.
The conference is expected to bring together stakeholders from across the country, including:
The conference will address three themes:
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, is scheduled to give opening and closing remarks.
Dementia Justice commends the Public Health Agency of Canada and the conference planning committee for putting together this important event. We look forward to collaborating with stakeholders over the two-days, particularly on the rights and needs of people with dementia who are in conflict with the criminal justice system.
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