Claude Gravelle: Madam Speaker, I am honoured today to introduce my bill, an act respecting a national strategy for dementia.
The bill has its roots in my own family’s experience with my mother. Long before her death at 83, in 2003, she began struggling with obvious memory loss. What started with forgetting things on the stove and forgetting appointments got worse by forgetting meds, forgetting language, changes in mood, loss of initiative and aggressive behaviour.
My father, sisters and wife learned the overwhelming challenges of being her caregiver.
My mom is not alone. Over 500,000 Canadians suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia. An estimated 1.1 million Canadians will have these diseases within a generation.
My bill would develop a comprehensive national plan to address all aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. It would encourage more research, prevention and specific help for caregivers.
I know a national dementia strategy is a non-partisan issue. I urge all MPs from all parties to help make this bill the law of our land.
Seconded by Elizabeth May November 29, 2011.