Dementia Strategy Advisory Committee Members Named

first_imgMembers of an advisory committee have been chosen to help develop the province’s first comprehensive strategy for people with dementia and their families. The members include a Nova Scotian who is living with dementia, a family caregiver, service providers, and health-care professionals. “This is an important step towards our goal to enhance delivery of dementia care and treatment in this province,” said Health and Wellness minister Leo Glavine. “The dementia strategy will make the best use of support for those living with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers.” Lloyd Brown, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, and Ruby Knowles, executive director of Continuing Care at the Department of Health and Wellness, are the committee co-chairs. Other committee members named today are: Dr. Melissa Andrew, geriatrician, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Angus Campbell, executive director, Caregivers Nova Scotia Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, clinical academic director, Geriatric Psychiatry and Seniors Mental Health Program, QEII Health Sciences Centre Janice Chalmers, registered nurse, Northwood Home Care, Halifax Krista Connell, CEO, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Sharon Davis-Murdoch, special advisor on Diversity and Social Inclusion, Department of Health and Wellness Heather Fifield, member at large Rev. Faye Forbes, member at large who is living with dementia Patricia Harrington, manager, Continuing Care, Cumberland Health Authority Lorna MacPherson, director, Services for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Community Services Brenda Nicholson, director of resident care, Alderwood Nursing Home, Baddeck Tony Prime, co-ordinator, Adult Mental Health, Mental Health, Children’s Services and Addictions, Department of Health and Wellness Dr. Celina White, chair, Nova Scotia Physician Recruitment and Retention Action Team, Amherst Faizal Nanji, Department of Seniors Bill VanGorder, Group of IX “We’re off to a great start,” said Mr. Brown. “With the advisory committee in place, we are well-positioned to produce a meaningful strategy that will support persons with the disease and their care-givers.” The dementia strategy, which was announced in January, aims to improve timely access to services, provide support for caregivers, and ensure people affected by dementia can remain independent for as long as possible. Nova Scotia has the oldest population per capita in the country. Each month, about 1,000 Nova Scotians turn 65. As of July 1, 2013, Statistics Canada reports 166,519 Nova Scotians or 17.7 per cent of the province’s total population are 65 or older. The provincial dementia strategy will be delivered to the minister next spring.last_img read more

Despite progress more action needed to bridge ethnic divide in Kosovo UN

While measures and mechanisms have been established for moving forward towards reconciliation between the Albanian majority and minorities, in particular the Serbs, “more action is required to translate these into concrete and sustainable results,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in his latest report on the issue.”I call upon the leadership of the (Albanian majority) Provisional Institutions and of the Kosovo Serb community to work together in the interest of the people of Kosovo with the aim of creating the conditions for their normal life,” he adds of the province that has been under UN administration since June 1999 after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out amid Albanian-Serb fighting.On the credit side Mr. Annan cites evidence that Kosovo is getting back on track towards fulfilling the necessary standards for deciding its final status after the onslaught by Albanian extremists to drive out Serb, Roma and Askhali communities led to 19 people being killed, nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of homes and centuries-old Serbian cultural sites razed or burned in March.Progress in some areas has been “tangible and encouraging,” with many damaged homes and schools rebuilt or under reconstruction and advances in reforming local government, of major importance in safeguarding the vital interests of minority communities, particularly Serbs, he says.He calls last month’s elections for the Kosovo Assembly “an important further step…in the process of stabilization and normalization.”But in the debit column Mr. Annan lists the failure to establish “a systematic, properly resourced programme for outreach, including mid- and long-term reconciliation and inter-ethnic dialogue,” a significant drop in the rate of Serbs returning, Serb non-participation in the elections and the continuing precarious security of minority groups.”There continue to be substantial limitations on their freedom of movement. In some regions, Kosovo Serbs travel through areas in which there is a Kosovo Albanian majority only with escorts,” he writes.”Because of the March events, more members of minority communities have been displaced in 2004 than have been able to return to their homes.”Outlining a set of priorities in the months to come, Mr. Annan says the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) will seek to advance the eight so-called standards that set specific goals in such areas as building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and establishing an impartial legal system.UNMIK will also work in close coordination with KFOR, the multinational security force in the province, to improve security and freedom of movement, “key factors needed to consolidate the presence of minority communities and to accelerate the return of displaced persons.” read more