The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has announced some very promising news for people living with dementia and their loved ones. The government announced their commitment to invest more than $20 million over 5 years towards the implementation of a new dementia strategy, The Dementia Community Investment.
The purpose of the Dementia Community Investment is to support community-based projects that will optimize the health and wellbeing of People Living With Dementia (PLWD) and/or family/friend caregivers by providing, opportunities to gain knowledge, resources and skills.
Dementia is having a significant and growing impact in Canada. More than 402,000 Canadians aged 65 and older are living with diagnosed dementia. About two-thirds of those affected are women. These rates are expected to increase with Canada’s aging population.
As part of its commitment to improving the lives of Canadians with dementia, as well as their families and their caregivers, the Public Health Agency of Canada is moving forward with a National Dementia Strategy.