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Provincial Dementia Plan in Ontario

A while back, I posted a video on this blog featuring comedian Seth Rogen at a senate hearing talking about the importance of a national strategy and funding scheme for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) in the US. It was a macro look at the need for lawmakers to promote effective planning through productive leadership.

There has been discussion of similar funding in Canada and Ontario too. With a provincial election around the corner (early polls open tomorrow), The Alzheimer Society has taken this as an opportunity to revitalise their campaign for a Provincial Plan. I encourage you to take a look at the highlights of their proposal, in their call to action campaign here.

There is plenty of information available from the Society on the subject here.

As the society points out, An effective plan would begin by focusing on these needs:

1. Increase public awareness about dementia and promote brain health. A health promotion campaign would reduce stigma and encourage Ontarians to take action to keep their brains healthy and get a diagnosis if symptoms appear.

2. Support caregivers through self-directed respite options and caregiver education The impact of dementia on families is immense. Caregivers need a model of respite care that gives them more control over who provides care and when.

3. Improve care for persons in later stages of dementia living in the community, retirement homes or long-term care. As dementia progresses people need more choice about where they will live and who will care for them. Providing more choice to people about housing options, increasing staff skills and setting quality targets are steps that need to be mandated and measured.

Again, not necessarily a true law post, but still something that we should all turn our minds to in the coming weeks. Take a moment before voting and consider the parties and candidates. There are lots of concerns for us in the future, but aging and related policies should definitely be at the top of everyone's list.

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