Dementia Strategy: Where are we now?
The provincial government knows dementia presents a challenge to people and to society. Through roundtables, town halls, expert advisors and working groups, they have sought input on what needs to be done to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners.
Over 4,000 people have signed up to take action for dementia and showed their support by responding to a government survey providing advice on priorities for an Ontario dementia strategy.
The government is preparing a document outlining a dementia strategy. To make a ‘real difference’, the Strategy needs to be fully funded in the Spring Budget. Writing your MPP will help make sure this happens.
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is working to do their part to help make a strong and fully-funded Dementia Strategy a reality in Ontario. Learn more about some of the recent activities of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario here.
Contact Your MPP
Virtually everyone in Ontario will be touched by dementia. Together, we can move dementia care toward a more person-centered care.
But we need you to show your support for a fully funded dementia strategy for the province.
Use our advocacy tool to take a moment to contact your Member of Provincial Parliament and let them know that with the right supports available, people living with dementia and their care partners will be able to live well.
You can make a difference.
Contact your MPP today.
Why does Ontario need a dementia strategy?
Today, there are approximately 200,000 people in Ontario living with dementia. As our population ages, the number of people with dementia is soaring. By 2038, it is expected that this number could double to 400,000.
Care support stress
Caring for an individual diagnosed with dementia is extremely challenging. In Ontario, individuals caring for persons with dementia report stress levels 3x higher other care partners.
Need for community supports
There is an urgent need for more and improved community supports. With rising numbers and limited long-term care capacity, the system is over-stretched and relies too much on family care partners.
Real People. Real Stories.
Read about the real impact dementia has on the live of patients and their families.
“My mother has often said that she lost both her husband and herself. Her life became about her husband’s care. She couldn’t take part in her book club, walking group, or go out and spend time with her children or grand children. She was isolated by her role as a care partner, and she lost her identity.”
“Trying to navigate the road to a long-term care home is very difficult. The process is kept deliberately vague. When I tried to get more information about when he would be admitted to long-term care or hospital, the most anyone could tell me was, ‘You’ll just know.’ As someone who was already witnessing the advanced impact of the disease on my father, I found that very frustrating. That was the one answer I couldn’t get from anybody.”
“My sister is only 55 years old, physically fit, and younger than the large majority of people who are living with the disease. She’s really a minority. Everything in terms of Alzheimer’s care in our community is geriatric-focused. Because of her age, she’s even more isolated.”
“I found out later that the Community Care Access office is in the same building as my doctor’s office in South Eastern Ontario. When I look back at this time, I find it so odd that not one of these people in the medical community referred me to Community Care Access. I will always wonder if we could have set up support for her (and us) as soon as she arrived, if the ugliness of the months to come could have been avoided.”
Has Dementia Changed Your Life?
Do you or someone you love have dementia? We want to hear from you – tell us how dementia has changed your life. Share your story with us.