There is no cure for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias;
The projections of the number of Canadians living with dementia are staggering, with over 750,000 individuals affected today, a doubling by 2030 — and with health-care costs of $293 billion by 2040;
Three out of four Canadians know someone with dementia. In 2011 alone, caregivers spent 444 million unpaid hours providing care. That’s the equivalent of $11 billion in lost income or 230,000 full-time jobs;
Alzheimer's and dementia are heartbreaking diseases that negatively impacts sufferers, caregivers and family in every way imaginable. It also negatively impacts our health care system and our economy; and
Canada currently has no strategy in place to address the above concerns.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to Create a National Dementia Strategy. It is imperative that Canada prioritize the creation of a Strategy so that our country no longer remains without a plan to face this Global Health Crisis. Our Government must commit to a concerted effort from the federal and provincial governments to address the burden dementia places on our economy, individuals with the disease, their families, and our health-care system.
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