RAITT LAUDS SENATE REPORT ON DEMENTIA

November 15, 2016

OTTAWA, ONTARIO. Today, Lisa Raitt attended the release of the report on “Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities” where she echoed calls from the Alzheimer’s Society for increased attention, encouraging her colleagues to support a National Dementia Strategy.

“I would like to thank Senator Ogilvie, Senator Eggleton and the committee for prioritizing this report, and giving it the attention it deserves,” said Lisa Raitt, Member of Parliament for Milton. “The findings of the report are startling indeed, and provides further proof that we need a strategy to plan for the impact that this terrible disease is going to continue to have on Canadians.”

The report compiled by the Senate social affairs committee found that the number of Canadians who suffer from some form of dementia will nearly double to 1.4 million by 2031. Subsequently, the costs associated with caring for patients is also expected to double to an estimated $16.6 billion. By 2040, the total direct and indirect costs associated with dementia are projected to rise to $293 billion.

“Alzheimer’s is a devastating reality that families have to deal with. Action needs to be taken now to ensure that in the future, the stress and burden that comes with a diagnosis is lessened for patients and caregivers alike, and that starts with a strategy,” continued Raitt. “I’m calling the House of Commons to grant speedy passage of Rob Nicholson’s bill calling for a Canada-wide Alzheimer’s and dementia strategy. We must all work together to do ensure this remains a top priority.”

Lisa has long been an advocate for those facing mental health challenges, as well as those who bear the responsibility of being their primary caregivers. As a long-time supporter of campaigns to end stigma, Lisa Raitt hosted an event in Milton this past May, in coordination with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, focused on promoting mental health awareness.

In September, Raitt also made a statement in the House of Commons marking World Alzheimer’s Day when she stated; “the more we talk about Alzheimer’s and the more knowledge that we share, the quicker we will get past the stigma and get to the people affected by this disease the support and the care they need.”

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