The number of Canadians living with dementia will top 1.1 million by 2038, but currently there is no national plan or strategy to address the challenges of Alzheimer's disease.
The current federal programs, research funding, support, and income assistance pale in comparison to the enormous and rapidly escalating health, economic and social impacts of this devastating disease.
The time has come to develop a national dementia plan.
Health experts agree. A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report called for the establishment of a nationally-led, provincially implemented dementia plan. The Canadian Medical Association approved a motion calling for a national dementia plan.
It's clear that Canadians need a national dementia plan. Urge Prime Minister Harper to make treating this terrible disease a health care priority!
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I urge you to support the creation of a nationally-led plan to deal with the large and growing impact of dementia in Canada.
Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians. A national plan must promote the creation of the infrastructure to consider a range of issues, including promoting public awareness of dementia and assessing and improving the quality of health care and long-term care support services.
Health experts including the World Health Organization and the Canadian Medical Association have called for a national dementia plan.
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I urge you to devote appropriate resources to managing this terrible disease, on behalf of some of the most vulnerable Canadians.
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