Government of Canada releases national dementia strategy

The Government of Canada has released the highly anticipated national dementia strategy, entitled A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire.

The Strategy was informed in part by a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences report released in January, 2019. Professor Carrie McAiney, Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and MAREP Scientific Director, was part of the expert panel of contributors to this report.

The Strategy focuses on methods of enhancing quality of life and care for those living with dementia and their care partners, as well as preventative measures and therapies. Read the full news release.

In addition to the release of the Strategy, funding was announced to support Phase II of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), Canada’s largest dementia research network. McAiney and Dr. Linda Lee, Schlegel Chair in Primary Care for Elders, are part of one of 19 national research teams contributing to CCNA.  Their project, Research on Organization of Healthcare Services for Alzheimer’s, investigates how to provide innovative care for persons living with dementia.