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A Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias in Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan; Provincial Advisory Committee of Older Persons Country Resources Neurological disorders including dementia Saskatchewan 6 December 2004 Policy document dementia, strategy

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This document entitled A Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias in
Saskatchewan, which will hereafter be referred to as the Alzheimer Strategy, includes
seven strategic issues:
· Public awareness and education.
· Guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.
· Support for people with ADRD and their caregivers.
· Supportive environments that allow people to live as independently as possible
throughout the disease process.
· Programs and services available across the continuum of care.
· Education and training, and
· Support for biomedical, psychosocial and efficacy based research.

Beyond the major strategic issues there are also underlying themes that emerged
throughout the consultations. It was noted that:
· There is a stigma attached to ADRD.
· There is a general lack of understanding of ADRD and the resources required to
provide needed care.
· The care system is driven by crisis.
· Services are not always readily available at any given stage, including when the
caregiver has difficulties or can no longer cope.
· Urban centres generally have more services, but rural areas have an informal
caregiving network among neighbours and friends that assists them in caring for
the person with ADRD.
· People with ADRD should be supported to stay at home for as long as possible.

The primary goal of the Alzheimer Strategy is a high quality of life for people affected
by ADRD.

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