Petition to Jane Philpott, Justin Trudeau
Please Create a Canadian National Dementia Strategy
To the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, My name is Catherine and Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia have had a significant impact on my life. My Mother has Alzheimer’s and has had it for over 10 years. She is only 78 years old. As the sole caregiver and the only child to a widowed Mother it has taken a serious toll on me personally. It has, more significantly, taken away my Mother’s memories, her ability to communicate, sometimes her dignity, and a comfortable old age, but thankfully, not her sweet nature thus far. I have seen many family members suffer from Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's and dementia are heartbreaking diseases that negatively impacts sufferers, caregivers and family in every way imaginable. It also negatively impacts our health care system and our economy. 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias today, a number expected to increase to 1.4 million in the next 15 years. Three out of four Canadians know someone with dementia. In 2011 alone, caregivers spent 444 million unpaid hours providing care. That’s the equivalent of $11 billion in lost income or 230,000 full-time jobs. (The Alzheimer Society of Canada) "The projections of the number of Canadians living with dementia are staggering, with over 750,000 individuals affected today, a doubling by 2030 — and with health-care costs of $293 billion by 2040." [http://tinyurl.com/jpzdh9w] I believe that immediate attention and a powerful, concerted effort is required from the federal and provincial governments to address the burden dementia places on our economy, individuals with the disease, their families, and our health-care system. Therefore, I would like the Government to prioritize the creation of a National Dementia Strategy. It is imperative that Canada put a Strategy in place as soon as possible so that our country no longer remains without a plan to face this Global Health Crisis. We need your help. Don't forget us. Thank you for your time and consideration.