Statment in the House on World Alzheimer's Day

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today is World Alzheimer's Day, a day to acknowledge a disease that affects more than 24 million people worldwide. It is a debilitating disorder that has a significant impact, not only on those who suffer from Alzheimer's but also their families.
Today is a day of hope and awareness. Hope in knowing that people are working hard to bring a better quality of life to persons with Alzheimer's and to one day find a cure. Also, awareness that those suffering and their families need our compassion and our help. What is needed is a comprehensive plan that will address the reality of our growing seniors population and we need to develop the capacity to handle the increased numbers of seniors suffering from this disease.
I thank all those Canadians who support and care for people who suffer from Alzheimer's. Their sacrifices and dedication are truly heroic and they deserve to be recognized.