May 15, 2014 3:42 pm

Nova Scotia appoints members of committee to develop dementia strategy

In this Feb. 28, 2014 photo, first-year Northwestern University medical student Jared Worthington, left, walks with his "Alzheimer's buddy," retired physician Dan Winship in Chicago.

Teresa Crawford/AP photo

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has appointed a 17-member committee to develop the province’s first strategy to improve treatment and care for people with dementia.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the members include someone living with dementia, a family caregiver and health-care professionals.

The committee is led by Lloyd Brown, head of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, and Ruby Knowles, executive director of continuing care at the Department of Health.

The government announced plans for the strategy in January, saying it should be ready by next spring.

The goals of the strategy are to improve access to services, provide support for caregivers and ensure people with dementia can remain independent for as long as possible.

The government says Nova Scotia has the oldest population per capita in the country with 17 per cent of the total 65 or older.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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