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Our 10-step plan

Brain health, early diagnosis and intervention

1. Launch a public education campaign to overcome stigma, foster supportive communities, facilitate early diagnosis and encourage brain-healthy lifestyles
2. Enable early diagnosis and intervention through accessible primary services integrated with community supports via First Link*
(*First Link, a model service for early intervention developed by the Alzheimer Society, quickly connects newly diagnosed individuals with community health and social services. The program has expanded from 9 to 26 communities in 3 years, thanks to a $2.4M investment through Ontario's Aging at Home Strategy.)

Caregiver support

3. Increase access to community, respite care and home support services that use best practices in dementia care
4. Introduce flexible workplace policies and income supports for family caregivers

Dementia workforce

5. Strengthen skills through more dementia-specific training across the health and social service sector
6. Increase accessibility to specialized geriatric services

Research

7 . Invest in interdisciplinary research and accelerate findings into practice
8 . Partner with private sector to foster innovation in areas such as housing and assistive technology

Champions for change

9 . Establish dementia as a priority in Ontario government policies
10. Lead the charge in making dementia a national priority

Outcomes

Our solutions would mean reduced economic and social burden of dementia through

  • Healthy lifestyles that help prevent dementia
  • More people seeking early diagnosis and intervention
  • Improved capacity for people with dementia to live well, with dignity
  • Increased knowledge about dementia
  • Skilled and seamless dementia workforce
  • Integrated care delivery


Last Updated: 09/11/12
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