TORONTO, May 14, 2018 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to announce thatits CEO, Pauline Tardif, has been appointed co-chair of a Ministerial Advisory Board. This Board will advise the Federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor on matters related to the
The Minister made the announcement today in Ottawa, where she's hosting a national dementia conference of key stakeholders, people living with dementia and caregivers who have come together to discuss and share their perspectives and insights to inform the strategy.
"I'm extremely honoured and privileged to co-chair the Advisory Board and to engage Canadians with dementia, their families and their caregivers, as well as researchers, advocacy groups and health-care professionals in this important work," says Ms. Tardif. "I'm also excited to work alongside our government partners and with my co-chair, Dr. William Reichman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest Health Sciences, to ensure that the needs of those who we support are met as the Government of Canada works towards the development of a comprehensive national strategy."
The Alzheimer Society has advocated for a national strategy for over a decade, calling for increased collaboration and innovation in research, more timely diagnosis and intervention, and enhanced care and community-based services.
"Through increased awareness and understanding, I'm determined to reduce stigma and correct misinformation surrounding dementia," says Ms. Tardif. "As co-chair and a representative of the Alzheimer Society, I will focus on what is possible at every stage of the disease so that the advice we provide through the Advisory Board ensures that those living with dementia are respected and engaged as full citizens in our communities."
Today's announcement is another step towards developing a comprehensive and coordinated national dementia strategy to improve the lives of Canadians living with dementia now and into the future.
About the Alzheimer Society The Alzheimer Society is Canada's leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Active in communities across Canada, the Society provides information, programs and services, and raises funds for research to better understand the causes of dementia, improve treatment and care, and to find cures.
SOURCE Alzheimer Society of Canada
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