Baycrest commends Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for latest report, Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities
November 21, 2016
Baycrest Health Sciences is encouraged by the recently released report from the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology titled, Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities.
Baycrest President and CEO Dr. William Reichman was honoured to have addressed the Senate during hearings and to communicate recommendations for the committee’s report, which reflect Baycrest’s primary message underscoring the need for a national dementia strategy and action plan for all Canadians.
“As I was privileged to say to the standing committee earlier in the year, moving forward on a national dementia strategy and action plan is imperative. Much in the same way as Canadians responded to the concerted efforts of government, academia and health practitioners to take care of our hearts and bodies through national programs like Participaction, so too should we now apply these efforts to tackle dementia,” says Dr. Reichman. “We welcome this comprehensive report which draws from the input provided, and we look forward to supporting the work that will ensure the creation of a national dementia strategy.”
“Our parents and grandparents most feared heart disease and cancer, and through numerous investments, we have continued to make great advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these population threats to our collective wellbeing,” says Dr. Reichman. “For our generation and our children, we must now do the same for brain health and brain diseases like Alzheimer’s that pose a similarly great threat to aging societies across the globe and most certainly, to Canadians.”
Baycrest is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. As an academic health sciences centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides an exemplary care experience for aging clients combined with an extensive clinical training program for students and one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience.