Canada Taking Action on Dementia

It is estimated that in 2011, 747,000 Canadians suffered from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. It is predicted that in two decades, 1.4 million Canadians will have dementia, costing the economy almost $300 billion per year.

This week, the federal government is co-hosting the 2nd Canada-France Global Dementia event in Ottawa.  Delegates at the conference are working on developing a framework that will aid in speeding up the transformation of dementia research into real life products and services.

In her address to delegates, Minister of Health Rona Ambrose announced the findings from a comprehensive study of 14 neurological conditions including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The study’s findings will be used by governments and organizations to inform programs and develop policies related to neurological conditions. Minister Ambrose also announced the release of the National Dementia Research and Prevention Plan as well as increased cooperation with the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Being involved in events like this one provides such a great reminder of the power of collaboration. Working together is crucial for advancing Alzheimer's research and development timelines and increases our likelihood of success in this fight. There are no borders when it comes to health, especially with a disease as widespread as dementia, and forums like this have the power to transform health care around the globe.

More information on the summit can be found on Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s website.

Federal Government Invests in National Initiative to Tackle Dementia

Minister Ambrose also announced the launch of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a national initiative aimed at tackling the growing onset of dementia and related illnesses.

The initiative will be based at the Jewish Hospital in Montreal and will be led by Dr. Howard Chertkow, a cognitive neurologist and a co-founder of the hospital. The CCNA brings together 20 research teams and experts from across Canada to focus research on three themes:

  • Delaying the onset of dementia and related illnesses;
  • Preventing these illnesses from occurring; and
  • Improving the quality of life of Canadians living with these illnesses and their caregivers.

The initiative will receive $ 31.5 million from the Federal Government and several partners; additionally it will receive $24 million from partners in Ontario and Quebec.

Read more about the initiative here.