November 15, 2017 (Edmonton) – The NDP’s repeated broken promises to develop a dementia strategy is hurting Albertans, said Alberta Party Caucus leader Greg Clark.
“In June the Minister of Health promised a strategy within a matter of weeks,” said Clark. “In September she said it was coming ‘soon’. It’s now November and there’s still no plan.
“The delays are unconscionable and unacceptable.”
Clark said the number of people with dementia in Alberta is growing rapidly.
“One in five women and one in 10 men are likely to suffer dementia in their lifetimes,” said Clark. “And each person with dementia touches the lives of 10 to 12 people. This is an emerging crisis in our province and the NDP have done nothing more than make empty promises.”
Clark called on the NDP to implement the draft strategy that’s already in place.
“A draft dementia strategy was presented to the Minister in July 2015 but it’s sat on a shelf ever since,” said Clark. “It’s time to implement that strategy and put the funding in place to ensure it has a real impact.”
“Albertans are struggling, and the cost of doing nothing is high. People living with dementia can’t get the supports they need to stay at home, they have difficulty navigating the system and their family and caregivers are struggling to support their loved ones.
“A provincial dementia strategy is long overdue. Albertans deserve action, not more empty promises.”
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