World Alzheimer’s Day Statement

Statement

World Alzheimer’s Day Statement

September 21, 2017

 

Today, across Ontario we recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and highlight that today is World Alzheimer’s Day.

 

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible degenerative brain disease that affects thinking, memory, behavior, and physical abilities. Unfortunately, no cure currently exists for the disease.

 

It is important to recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s both in Ontario and around the globe. We must commit to those living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them that we will do what is necessary to ensure they will never have to face this disease and dementias alone, or face financially insecurity as a result.

 

Families still struggle every day with the effects of dementia. They struggle to get information, they struggle to get a diagnosis, and they struggle to access services.

 

We are still waiting on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to release their strategy towards combatting this awful disease and hope for it to be released soon, as aging Ontarians and their caregivers depend on it.

 

We as a society must come together and work towards better understanding dementia, and what can be done to positively impact the lives of people living with it, and those who care for them. 

 

I would like to thank the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, along with the volunteers, nurses and caregivers, for all the tireless work they do in taking care of those suffering with the Alzheimer’s disease.