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September 21st, 2014

Statement by the Official Opposition on World Alzheimer’s Day

Official Opposition Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) made the following statement on World Alzheimer’s Day:

“Alzheimer’s and related diseases affect 747,000 Canadians – a number that is expected to double over the next 15 years if nothing is done.

“While the Health Minister finally announced a research initiative in early September, the fight against this disease requires a much larger commitment. Alzheimer’s will remain a serious health concern without more federal investment and real leadership. Like the Alzheimer Society, the NDP has been calling for years for a national strategy on dementia.”

“On this World Alzheimer’s Day, the NDP vows to continue working toward a national strategy to bolster funding for research, training, services, education and support for informal caregivers, to help the millions of people who are suffering from this disease.”