DEMENTIA BECOMES A PRIORITY FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS LEADING RESEARCHERS GATHER IN OTTAWA

Sep 11, 2014

By Jane Brown

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A national effort is underway to help people with dementia, their families and caregivers.  Leading researchers and industry experts are gathered in Ottawa to discuss how to accelerate the development of new treatments and technologies in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s.  The Canada-France Global Dementia Legacy Event is the second in a series of four such events stemming from the Summit on Dementia held last December in London.  Over the next two days, delegates will hear from global dementia experts, as well as people living with dementia and their family members.

The federal government’s initiative on aging was announced yesterday.  Alzheimer’s Society of Canada CEO Mimi Lowi-Young spoke with the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back soon after hearing the announcement about the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging.  “It’s really a one of a kind in the world initiative because it’s bringing 340 researchers together to work on three major areas,” Lowi-Young explained, “one; to delay the onset of dementia and the related illnesses and second; to prevent the illness from occurring in the first place, and third; improving ways of improving quality of life for people with the disease and their families.”

The national initiative to tackle dementia will receive $31.5 million over five years from the federal government, along with $24 million from the public and private sectors in Ontario and Quebec.

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