Statement on World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading form of dementia, accounting for over two-thirds of dementia cases in Canada.

Many of us are justifiably afraid of this fatal disease. There is no cure for it, we do not know exactly what causes it, and we do not know why some get it and others do not.

Sometimes, we only talk about it in whispers. However, I know this.

The more we talk about Alzheimer’s and the more knowledge 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.

Today, in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, I want to pay tribute to the caregivers, to the service providers, and to the advocates in each and every province and territory across this great country whose work it is to lessen the burden of those who have this disease.

I thank them from the bottom of my heart.