Alzheimer Society of Canada welcomes commitments to dementia research and caregiver support in Budget 2014

February 11, 2014

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ – The Alzheimer Society of Canada applauds
the Government of Canada for committing in Budget 2014 to advance
research aimed at renewing investments in health research to tackle the
growing onset of dementia and related illnesses, and to recognize and
provide better support for family caregivers.

Today’s budget will provide $15 million per year to the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research for the expansion of the Strategy for
Patient-Oriented Research, the creation of the Canadian Consortium on
Neurodegeneration in Aging and other health research priorities.

This increased investment in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
will foster patient-focused research to address Alzheimer’s disease and
other dementia-related illnesses.

The funding is but one critical step to help Canada in the fight against
dementia and to bring our country into a leadership position on
knowledge, prevention and treatment of this debilitating disease.

“On behalf of the 747,000 Canadians living with dementia, we are
grateful to the federal government for providing the resources needed
to carry out important research to better understand how to tackle
various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,” said

The Alzheimer Society also applauds the announcement of the Canadian
Employers for Caregivers Plan to help maximize caregivers’ labour
market participation. This plan will provide relief to family
caregivers who already spend millions of unpaid hours per year looking
after a family member with dementia. By 2040, family caregivers will be
devoting 1.4 billion hours per year, representing $11 billion in lost
income and nearly 230,000 full-time jobs.

“These commitments will not only help improve the lives of Canadians
affected by dementia but are also aligned with our call for a National
Dementia Plan for Canada,” says Lowi-Young.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada has been advocating for the creation of
a Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership. The
partnership would assemble dementia experts, government officials,
health-care providers, researchers and people who are personally
impacted by the disease to facilitate and implement a national dementia

Last December, health ministers from G8 countries, including Federal
Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne,
participated in a Dementia Summit and committed to work to address the
growing problem of dementia through increased research, innovation and
partnerships. Coming out of the Summit, Canada and France are working
together to co-host a global legacy event on dementia, which will take
place in September 2014 in Ottawa.

In addition, the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance, which
includes members of all political parties, recently recommended that
the government “move expeditiously” on developing a national dementia

“We are encouraged by these opportunities to make important advances in
the area of dementia,” said Lowi-Young, who was honoured to participate
in the G8 Summit on Dementia. “We are looking forward to working with
government on follow-up initiatives coming out of the G8 Summit and on
our common goal of reducing the toll of dementia.”

The number of Canadians living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s
disease, will increase to 1.4 million by 2031. Annual costs to Canada’s
economy will rise dramatically from $33 billion today, to $293 billion
by 2040.

About the Alzheimer Society of Canada

The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for
people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in
communities right across Canada, the Society offers help for today
through our programs and services, and hope for tomorrow by funding
research into the cause, prevention and a cure.

To learn more about the Alzheimer Society and the Canadian Alzheimer’s
disease and dementia partnership, visit www.alzheimer.ca

SOURCE Alzheimer Society of Canada

Source: PR Newswire

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