Dementia Report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire

Nov 15, 2016 13:16

OTTAWA – The chair of a Senate committee says Canada has failed to address the troubling issue of dementia, although other countries have implemented national strategies.

Sen. Kelvin Ogilvie says the federal government should provide $30 million a year to properly fund a plan that pulls together governments, health organizations and patients.

Ogilvie, chair of the committee on social affairs, science and technology, also wants to see strings attached to $3 billion promised by the Liberal government for home care over the next four years.

The committee, which started its study in February, says it has heard from a number of witnesses and examined programs to identify gaps for patients, caregivers and clinicians.

Conservative leadership candidate Lisa Raitt says she supports a national strategy.

The issue is personal for Raitt, as her husband Bruce Wood was recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

(The Canadian Press)


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