Niagara Falls MPP Fights for Ontario Dementia Strategy

From the Office of Niagara Falls Riding MPP Wayne Gates

Posted April 06, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park – Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls, continued to press the Liberal government this April 6th to provide a comprehensive dementia strategy for the province of Ontario.

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates. File photo

“I would like to talk about an issue that is deeply affecting my riding, and that’s the need for a dementia strategy that the province has promised,” stated Gates.  “In Niagara, 9,460 people have been identified as living with dementia; in Ontario, over 200,000 people. I wrote to the Minister of Finance about this issue of funding, but this issue is very important and I wanted to raise it in this House.”

“Without proper funding for dementia services and front-line care, a strategy means nothing. It’s heartbreaking when you go to a care facility and you see people who need these services, and they are alone and they can’t get them.”

“I know the Retired Teachers of Ontario, branch 14, in Niagara also wrote to the minister about this. I’m happy to support their efforts. The government of Ontario can play a positive role in the lives of those suffering from dementia, but we can also play a role in helping the families. So often when a loved one suffers from dementia, it’s the family who becomes their caregiver and this can be very stressful.”

“I’m hoping my colleagues across the floor and beside me forget about party lines and join me in the fight against dementia in Niagara and in Ontario. Mr. Speaker, we need to make sure that the dementia strategy in Ontario has the power and the funding necessary to be successful. I hope the House will act quickly on this issue and make this a priority.”

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