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Do we need a national strategy for dementia?

Mrs. Nguyen's disease is advancing, and her daughter knows their relationship will never be the same.

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As Elizabeth Renzetti reports in today's Globe, Scotland has emerged a pioneer in battling the dementia crisis: the nation has introduced one of the world's few Charter of Rights for people living with the condition and three months ago, revealed its national dementia strategy.

The case for a similar action plan in Canada is growing: The Globe's Andre Picard reports some shocking statistics: There are 500,000 Canadians with the condition - and one new person joins them every five minutes. In a generation, the total will be 1.1 million.

What can we do as a nation to tackle this mounting crisis? How can we take action now?

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Join Thuy Crawford, a vietnamese Canadian whose mother suffers from vascular dementia and David Harvey, who works in government relations for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Share your stories and express your views on what the future holds.

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