National Dementia Stories and Presentations

Kathy Wright, Alzheimer Society Executive Director, speaks at press conference on Parliament Hill


Kathy Wright, Alzheimer Society Executive Director, speaks at press conference on Parliament Hill – (March 2015)

Alzheimer's disease does not discriminate


Alzheimer’s disease does not discriminate (The Hill Times, Feb. 9, 2015) — scroll to letter at bottom of page

Why better seniors' care means better health care for all

House of Commons Standing Committee on Health

On October 17, 2011, Dr. Molnar, on behalf of the Canadian Geriatrics Society, provided a presentation on chronic diseases related to aging to the Standing Committee on Health. Dementia was a key component of his talk.  Read more (page 5) or listen (start at @ 31 minutes mark).


Federal Budget 2015

The Alzheimer Society of Canada commends the Government of Canada for its continued recognition and commitment to develop a national plan. Read more…

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Will Collaborate on a National Dementia Plan (Oct. 1, 2014)

Ambrose, provinces, to come together to develop national dementia strategy

National dementia strategy coming, health ministers say

Alzheimer Society of Canada's response to the announcement


Alzheimer's Disease: An Economic Time Bomb


Alzheimer Society of Canada calls for “Canadian Alzheimer’s disease and dementia partnership : 83 per cent of Canadians want a national dementia strategy — A speech delivered by Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada at the Economic Club of Canada on September 20, 2013.

The Approaching Tsunami of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia


The Approaching Tsunami of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia — Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Fall 2013.

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society


Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society (January 2010, Alzheimer Society of Canada) — This report reveals alarming new data about the projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada. According to the report, if nothing changes, the prevalence of dementia will more than double in 30 years, with the costs increasing tenfold. Rising Tide also identifies four possible interventions to lessen dementia’s crippling effect on Canadian families, health care system and economy. Highlights that dementia will affect 1.1 million Canadians in less than 25 years with the rising economic costs expected to increase tenfold to $153 billion a year.

Dementia: A Public Health Priority


Dementia: A Public Health Priority (April 2012, World Health Organization) — Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) was involved with this study that provides a snapshot of dementia around the globe. It shows that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds and estimates that the total worldwide cost of dementia in 2010 was $604 billion. WHO is asking governments around the world to develop a plan using solutions and approaches already adopted by other countries. Already, five of the G7 countries have or have committed to a plan. Canada still hasn’t. Why not Canada? Sign up to let the Alzheimer Society of Canada know that you support a national dementia plan!


G8 Dementia Summit

Alzheimer Society of Canada CEO Mimi Lowi-Young attended the G8 Dementia Summit held on December 11, 2013 at the invitation by Britsh Prime Minister David Cameron along with Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and leading Canadian researchers. Some related media items: