National Dementia Strategy
Dementia is having a significant and growing impact in Canada. More than 402,000 Canadians aged 65 and older are living with diagnosed dementia. About two-thirds of those affected are women. These rates are expected to increase with Canada's aging population.
As part of its commitment to improving the lives of Canadians with dementia, as well as their families and their caregivers, we are moving forward with a National Dementia Strategy.
The Strategy will consider the experiences of those living with dementia and will build on the innovative work already underway across the country.
The National Dementia Conference and the establishment of a Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia are two important milestones in the development of a national strategy.
National Dementia Conference
The National Dementia Conference: Informing and Inspiring a National Dementia Strategy was held in Ottawa on May 14 and 15, 2018. Hosted by the Minister of Health, the conference brought together key stakeholders from across the country to share their perspectives on a national strategy. Input was sought in several areas, including research and innovation; support and care; awareness, stigma reduction and education.
Advisory Board on Dementia
The Advisory Board was established by the Minister of Health to advise her on matters related to the health of people living with dementia, their families and caregivers.
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