A new federal bill could give a huge boost to the fight against dementia.
Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, would help unlock a lot of money federal money for research. It was put forward by former Justice Minister and current Conservative MP Robert Nicholson.
Vice-Chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International Dale Goldhawk spoke on the Alberta Morning News and said Nicholson’s bill would spread out funding to health ministries across the country.
“It will make it better for people who are living with dementia, offer more respite care for those who are caregivers in these stressful situations, and with more and more research possibly at least find an effective treatment for this debilitating, fatal disease,” said Goldhawk.
“What will happen in this case, we hope, is that the health minister and others and the prime minister himself, will, seeing this all-party support, seeing that the strategy has passed, will offer up some federal money that will help make the strategy a reality.”
Goldhawk explained what exactly will happen once the bill is passed.
“The money would be use by an agency that would be set up to deal with coordinating all of the research in Canada and coordinating it with other research happening around the world.”
Goldhawk is optimistic about the bill with support he said is coming from all political parties. (djs)