Alzheimer Awareness Month
Increasing Education and Awareness
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. While it’s important to give this disease year-round attention, January is a time to encourage increased education about dementia, what symptoms to watch for, and how to live with it.
Through my work at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, I am proud to have been given a mandate to develop and implement an Ontario Dementia Strategy. It's important work and it's a responsibility I take seriously. I have been conducting round table discussions in communities across Ontario as our team works toward this goal. It's been a wonderful and eye-opening experience to meet and chat with Ontarians living with dementia and their care partners.
In Ontario today, one in ten seniors are living with some form of dementia, including the most prevalent: Alzheimer's disease. That's nearly 200,000 people over the age of 65, and that number is expected to increase significantly. This January, we acknowledge the many Ontarians affected by these conditions. I encourage each and every one of you to learn more about this difficult and challenging disease.
We know that early diagnosis is key to accessing information and resources that will provide long-term benefits for patients and help them to maintain a good quality of life. Ontarians should be aware of the signs to look for and pay regular visits to their doctor.
I look forward to continuing this important conversation about dementia and Alzheimer's with you
To learn more about dementia and Alzheimer's:
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