Ontario Achieves a Fully Funded Dementia Strategy

Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60–70% of cases. In February 2015, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. An important part of this plan was improving access to dementia supports. In September 2016, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, issued a discussion paper titled Developing Ontario’s Dementia Strategy. Ontarians were invited to contribute their thoughts on how to better support people with Dementia and their care partners living in the Province. The core vision of the Dementia care strategy was to make sure that all Ontarians with Dementia, along with their families and care partners are treated with respect, have the tools to make informed choices about their care and are living [...]