Government of Canada invests in community-based projects addressing challenges of dementia
With more than 432,000 Canadians over the age of 65 living with dementia, communities across Canada are seeing the impacts this condition has on both those living with dementia and those who care for them. The number of people living with dementia is expected to increase, making improving the lives and wellbeing of those impacted by dementia a priority for Canada.
Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an investment of more than $7.85 million over four years, towards 12 new projects that will support individuals living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities.
These 12 new projects will address the needs of individuals in Canadian communities in areas such as:
- Raising awareness and de-stigmatizing dementia
- Fostering effective communications between care providers, and people living with dementia and their families to mitigate stress and enhance wellbeing
- Creating community action plans for the social inclusion of people living with dementia