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e-3698 (Health)

Initiated by Camille Nicola Isaacs from Ville St-Laurent, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Health

  • Dementia care costs in Canada were estimated at $12 billion in 2020 and projected to reach $16.6 billion by 2031;
  • Total out-of-pocket costs paid by caregivers were an estimated $1.4 billion in 2016 and projected to rise to nearly $2.4 billion in 2031;
  • The growth in the number of persons diagnosed and living with dementia represents an unsustainable trajectory with cases forecasted to amount to nearly 1 million by 2033; and
  • Disease prevention and health protection strategies must be a focus to reduce the trend.
We, the undersigned, Camille Isaacs Morell and Parsa Famili, Canadian citizens and residents, call upon the Minister of Health to:
1. Declare dementia prevention a national healthcare priority, and as part of the National Dementia Strategy, work with provincial governments to encourage the adoption of strategies to:
a) Reduce preventable diagnoses through the delivery of health promotion and disease prevention services such as public education programs with strong calls to action for screening and early detection;
b)Decelerate risks and symptoms through the deployment of a standardized national cognitive assessment test targeting at-risk groups; and
c) Reverse symptoms for persons with mild cognitive impairment by providing access to clinical trials financed by a dedicated public/private sector fund and by matched funding collected from private sector and non-government organizations.
2. Ensure training for medical staff to learn how to screen for symptoms and better manage dementia diagnoses.
Open for signature
November 25, 2021, at 9:29 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 25, 2022, at 9:29 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Emmanuella Lambropoulos (Saint-Laurent)
May 10, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00428)
Photo - Emmanuella Lambropoulos
Liberal Caucus
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