B.C. Ministry of Health co-hosts the 2018 Legislative Luncheon

The speakers from the 2018 Legislative Luncheon.

Caregiver advocate Lorna McRae, Official Opposition Health Critic Joan Isaacs, B.C. Minister of Health the Honourable Adrian Dix, Society CEO Maria Howard and Green Party Health spokesperson Sonia Furstenau.

On March 1, 2018, all B.C. Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) were invited to take part in a non-partisan luncheon co-hosted by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the B.C. Ministry of Health. At this event, MLAs heard about the impact of dementia on British Columbians and were invited to become part of our community of care.

Opening remarks were made by the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. Other speakers included Society CEO Maria Howard, B.C. Green Health spokesperson Sonia Furstenau and Official Opposition Health Critic Joan Isaacs. Lorna McRae, a caregiver from Victoria, eloquently shared how she and her partner Cindy Player, who is living with dementia, have experienced the journey.

After the speeches, MLAs were given the opportunity to speak with representatives of the Society, including members of the Board of Directors, staff from Victoria Resource Centre, as well as both people living with the disease and caregivers.

A community of care is a community actively engaged in the work of moving away from fear and denial of dementia, a community dedicated to building a foundation of understanding and awareness through action. A recent Leger-led survey focused on Canadian attitudes towards Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias found that 46 per cent of respondents would feel embarrassed if they had dementia, while 61 per cent of those surveyed said they would face discrimination of some kind; this highlights the importance of building a community of care if we want to make our vision of a dementia-friendly B.C. a reality.

Do you want to become part of the conversation? Become an advocate!

Last Updated: 03/05/2018