On Thursday, April 27th, 2017, Ontario Finance Minister, Charles Sousa, introduced the 2017 Ontario Budget, A Stronger, Healthier Ontario, which included $100 million over three years for the implementation of an Ontario dementia strategy. This is in addition to the $20 million investment for improving respite care for unpaid care partners that was announced earlier in the week.
This is a major win for the over 220,000 Ontarians and their families who have been impacted by dementia!
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario commends Premier Wynne, Minister Sousa and Minister Hoskins for making dementia a priority in Ontario and investing to enhance care and support for people living with dementia and those who care for them.
The Alzheimer Society strongly believes that a fully-funded and comprehensive strategy is the best solution to ensuring that Ontarians with dementia have the resources they need to live well in their homes and in their communities for as long as possible, and to ensure that their care partners and families are wholly supported.
Thank you to all of our dedicated supporters and allies without whom yesterday’s announcement for a fully-funded provincial dementia strategy may not have been realized.
Stay tuned for more, great dementia strategy news and updates!
Read the Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s press release to respond to the 2017 Budget announcement.
Did you know that over 210,000 people in Ontario are living with dementia? That over 564,000 Canadians are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia today? We all know, or know of, someone affected by this disease. They are our neighbours, our friends, our grandparents and our uncles. They are someone in our life, and they are more than just a number.
You can be that one to make a difference in the lives of those affected by dementia. By donating today, you can help fund research to find treatments, and even a cure, for this disease. You can help fund programs that support people with dementia and their caregivers, and help improve quality of life.
For people like Amir, your support means the world.
Here is his story:
I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see me. That is me…the same ‘me’ I’ve always seen when I look in the mirror.
But wait – is it really the same ‘me’? Is this what others see? I look like me – or the ‘me’ I was.
You see, I have changed – not on the outside, not in who I am, not in what I believe; I haven’t changed in how I see the world.
You see, I’ve changed in how my mind works.
The words…the words I use, they don’t come easy; they become confused. That word I want to use – you know that word – it won’t come to me now.
Oh yes, there I am, there in the mirror. What did I come in here for? I don’t know. Well, I’m in the bathroom looking in the mirror…I must be in here for something.
Oh look, here is a hairbrush. That must be it – I must have come in to brush my hair.
But when I look in the mirror, my hair is already brushed. No, no, that is not what I’m in here for.
This disease is making me confused at times. But I’m still me when I look in the mirror.
No, wait – those aren’t my eyes. Those eyes I see looking back at me are tired; my eyes aren’t tired.
My eyes twinkle and are full of life. I am full of life.
Look, look in the mirror – that is me. The ‘me’ others see.
Look at my smile – there it is – yes, I am happy. I have a loving husband and a supportive family. Yes, I am happy.
But, wait…that smile is drooping…my smile doesn’t droop.
Is this a sign of that disease in my head…the one that is attacking my brain? The brain that does not always work the way I want it to…
Can others see theses signs, too?
Look in the mirror – this is me.
How long will I still be me? How long will I still see me?
How soon before I look in this mirror and the ‘me’ won’t be there?
© 2016 Phyllis Fehr
Phyllis is a person living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia. She is a strong advocate for the rights and abilities of people with dementia at the local, national and international level. Read her full bio here: http://www.odag.ca/our-people.html
Today we celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day, a perfect time to focus on the amazing work being done worldwide to conquer dementia. It is also a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and show our support for those affected by the disease.
Dementia affects everyone, whether we know someone living with the disease, volunteer, provide care or conduct research to uncover the cure – in one way or another, we are in this together.
When the Alzheimer Society of Ontario was first formed in 1983, our mission was to help people affected by dementia through expert care and support, funding research, education and increasing awareness of dementia. And we continue to do so today.
It’s pretty remarkable to think 110 years ago was when the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease were discovered. Flash forward to today – our technology and research methods are so advanced that we can use techniques such as brain imaging and biomarkers to investigate the potential causes and cures for the disease. But there is still so much more to be discovered.
I hope you will join us in recognizing World Alzheimer’s Day. A small act can help make a remarkable difference. Share this blog with a friend, sign up for our e-newsletter, or even make a donation today.
Thanks to a special match offer from the Decker Family, your donation in support of research will be doubled! For every dollar you donate, it will be matched to make twice the impact and help bring our researchers one step closer to conquering dementia.
Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A world where our family and friends are never affected by Alzheimer’s. A world where dementia is the distant memory we cannot recall.
Thank you for your generous support!