Convention: 2017

WHEREAS the number of Canadians living with cognitive impairment, including dementia, now stands at 747,000 and will double to 1.4 million by 2031; and

WHEREAS the combined direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs of dementia total $33 billion per year and by 2040 will increase to $293 billion per year; and

WHEREAS Canada’s health-care system is ill-equipped to deal with the staggering costs,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that National Pensioners Federation (NPF) work with our allies to demand that the Federal Government develop a national dementia plan which will focus on:
– Increasing funding for research into all aspects of dementia
– Promoting earlier diagnosis and intervention
– Strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care
– Enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce
– Recognizing the needs and improving supports for caregivers


Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM)