Canada To Create A Nation-Wide Dementia Strategy

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 12:10 PM

For the first time, Canada will develop a national dementia strategy.

It's aim is to ensure the same level of support no matter where someone lives in the country.

Nova Scotia has had a strategy in place for the past three years and Lloyd Brown with the Alzheimer's Society says it's imperative to see a nation-wide effort.

"We're on the peak of a baby boomer onslaught in this country that's impacting the health care delivery system quite significantly."

Brown hopes it will build on the work that's already been done in this province.

"What this dementia strategy will do, I believe, is that it will help create standards around that best-practice initiative. It will hopefully provide some funding to the provinces to encourage the development of dementia friendly communities."

Brown says the main reason for someone developing dementia is age.

He's optimistic about the strategy because of the strict timetables and reporting schedules government must meet to have it developed.