OTTAWA— Liberal Health critic Dr. Hedy Fry made the following statement today on World Alzheimer’s Day:
“Alzheimer’s disease places enormous emotional stress on millions of families. This progressive, degenerative disease is the most common form of dementia and costs the Canadian economy $15 billion each year.
Canada needs a National Dementia Strategy to identify the risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease early and to delay its onset as long as possible, so that all Canadians can maintain the best quality of life as they grow older.”
Liberal MP Dr. Kirsty Duncan continued:
“Canada needs a determined national effort, in concert with the provinces and territories, to promote a plan that advances innovations in treatment, improves strategies for care and strengthens the support we provide for caregivers. Complacency from this government is something Canadians cannot afford.
Not only does the federal government have the opportunity to change the course of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, but they have the obligation to do so now.”