What do the parties say about dementia?

Just before you cast your vote on October 6, here is a helpful summary of what the parties have said about how they will support Ontarians with dementia in the next four years. Some of the information comes from a response to an ASO survey. Other information is from relevant party platform statements.

What we asked for:

  • Ontarians need to understand dementia and learn about the benefits of a brain-healthy lifestyle.

What the parties said:

Green Party of Ontario Ontario Liberal Party Ontario New Democratic Party Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Policies focus on healthy food and clean air and water, and ‘recreation-friendly’ communities Develop Active Aging Strategy Response to ASO survey-Develop and launch a health promotion campaign  

 

What we asked for:

  • Better trained health professionals to help people with dementia

What the parties said:

Green Party of Ontario Ontario Liberal Party Ontario New Democratic Party Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Response to ASO survey – Expand programs ‘like’ First Link and look into other supports, such as memory clinics Roll out First Link across province and give Alzheimer Societies $16 million in base funding. Give every senior access to health professionals for better services, such as house calls and online services. Help hospitalized seniors coordinate care in community

 

Response to ASO survey – Develop for dementia supports with ‘serious consideration’ for First Link and memory clinics Encourage health care providers to work collaboratively, particularly in underserviced areas to meet patients’ needs.

 

What we asked for:

  • Family caregivers need more choice for in-home care and respite services

 What the parties said:

Green Party of Ontario Ontario Liberal Party Ontario New Democratic Party Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Support investments in home care, assisted living, transitional care, and long-term care.   Commit to funding for case managers to help seniors navigate the health care system. Invest an additional 3% per year in home care Have invested in  Behavioural Support project and the Silver Advisory. 8-week caregiver leave Invest $225M over 4 years in the SMILE program and on support for tasks of daily living.   Non-refundable caregiver tax credits

 

 What we asked for:

  • Innovative housing and technology to help people stay independent longer

 What the parties said:

Green Party of Ontario Ontario Liberal Party Ontario New Democratic Party Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
Response to ASO survey – will hold two conferences on housing and assistive technology   Response to ASO survey – will hold two conferences on housing and assistive technology