NDP vows to implement strategy that Hayes defeated

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Help for Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their families is only one election away, said NDP MP Claude Gravelle at a stop in Sault Ste. Marie Sunday with NDP Candidate Skip Morrison.

“We can do better for Canadians with Dementia and their familes,” said Morrison. “This Conservative government has failed our health care system, particularly seniors care, and we are ready for change.”

Gravelle outlined the NDP plan to improve screening, diagnosis, support and research for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Earlier this year, Gravelle championed a bill calling for a national strategy, which was defeated by only one vote in the House of Commons. Sault Ste. Marie incumbent Bryan Hayes voted against.

An NDP government will work with provinces and territories, and invest $40 million to create a national Alzheimer’s and Dementia Strategy that will:

· Support screening, early diagnosis and treatment to help slow progression of the conditions;

· Improve resources for newly diagnosed patients and their families to access needed care;

· Fund additional Alzheimer’s and dementia research, ensuring that activities are being coordinated to maximize resources and results.

Morrison welcomed the NDP commitment, which will make a difference in the lives of many Sault Ste. Marie residents.

“Caring for our aging population will be one of the great challenges of the next government. The NDP is ready to lead on this issue and to help families in Sault Ste. Marie and across Canada.” Said Morrison.

“I have experienced firsthand the impact of living with a family member who has Alzheimer’s,” said Gravelle, whose mother Leona suffered from the disease. “My circumstance was not unique. Sadly, 750,000 Canadians and their families are currently living with Alzheimer’s and this number is expected to double in a generation.”