OTTAWA – Health advocacy groups are encouraging the liberal government's proposal to spend $ 50 million over five years to support a national dementia strategy that will be released this spring.
Finance minister Bill Morneau's Tuesday pre-election budget stated that the goal of the measure is to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers through better public awareness of the challenges posed by the condition.
Groups like the Alzheimer Society, which have long urged Ottawa to act, welcomed the decision.
Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society, says that money will be a "significant step" towards a financed and comprehensive national dementia strategy that will ultimately help affected families lead a better life.
The figures quoted in the budget say that over 400,000 Canadian adults lived with dementia in 2013-14, two-thirds of them women.
In 2011, the former NDP MP Claude Gravelle introduced legislation calling for a national dementia strategy to support Canadians devastated by Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases.
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