Ontario Dementia Advisory Group commends the Ontario Government for investing in a dementia strategy

TORONTO, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dementia Advisory Group (ODAG) is thrilled with the Government of Ontario's commitment of $100 million over three years to launch a province-wide dementia strategy and congratulates Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Charles Sousa and Minister Eric Hoskins for making dementia a priority.

"Better dementia care is no longer an option - it's a necessity, which is why a dementia strategy in Ontario is crucial," says Mary Beth Wighton, Chair of the Ontario Dementia Advisory Group. 

The Advisory Group is also pleased with the Government's $20 million pre-budget investment in resources and supports for care partners, who are most often family members.

"There is still much work ahead of us to make sure the needs of people living with dementia are recognized and met by the provincial health-care system. The Government's commitments are a critical first step to getting us there, so that every person with dementia lives with the highest quality of life," says Wighton.

The Ontario Dementia Advisory Group was formed in 2014 and comprises of individuals from all walks of life who are living with dementia and who work together to influence policies and practices and ensure their voices are heard.

For more about ODAG, visit www.odag.ca

SOURCE Ontario Dementia Advisory Group

For further information: For media inquiries: Mary Beth Wighton, Chair, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group, ontariodementia@gmail.com

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