Federal parties working together for a national dementia strategy

Dementia can affect anyone and transcends political boundaries. So when Conservative MP Rob Nicholson began working on Bill C-233, a private member’s for a national dementia strategy, he found an ally in Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, despite their party affiliations.

NicholsonOliphantThe two Robs know firsthand why a national strategy is so important for Canadians. Nicholson’s father had Alzheimer’s and died in 1997, and Oliphant has worked closely with families living with the disease as a United Church minister.

It’s encouraging to see federal parties come together so soon after the election to tackle the growing impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Canada trails behind 23 countries who have or are working on national dementia strategies, including the United States, France, Australia and the UK. In fact, Alzheimer’s Disease International says national dementia plans are the single most powerful tool to transform dementia care and support.

Some Canadian provinces like British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia have or are developing plans, but because there are no national guidelines, there are gaps in how dementia is addressed across the country. A nation-wide initiative is an amazing opportunity to support the provinces and bring together the plans from across the country with a common focus on research, prevention and improved care.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017