Election 2015: Make a national dementia strategy a health-care priority
Canadians go to the polls on October 19th and while health care remains a top concern, the federal parties are only just beginning to discuss the mounting social, economic and personal costs of dementia.
In less than 20 years from now, 1.4 million Canadians will be living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We no longer have time to waste – a national dementia strategy is essential to preparing us for the future.
That’s why it is so important that your local candidates understand why dementia is one of the biggest health issues in Canada today and what a national dementia strategy means for you.
What can you do to make dementia an election priority?
- Pledge your support and commit to a national dementia strategy.
- Write your local candidates using our online letter-writing tool and sample letter. Let them know why a national dementia strategy is important to you, and invite them to take the candidate’s pledge!
- Download our advocacy toolkit containing key talking points and questions to ask your candidates at local town hall meetings, in a debate or if you are visited at home.
- Check out our 5 tips for advocating during the election to find out how you can do more.
Support is growing for a strategy:
- The NDP has committed to $40 million over 4 years to establish the strategy.
- The Green Party is supporting a national dementia strategy as part of their national seniors strategy.
- Read our Op-Ed in Maclean’s magazine on why federal election 2015 is the time for a national dementia strategy.
- Jo Aubin was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at only 38 years old. His story was featured this month in Maclean’s and is reflective of so many other Canadians living with the disease and why a dementia strategy is needed.
Raise your voice for dementia and let’s make it an election priority. Visit alzheimer.ca/election2015 to get involved.