Government shows leadership in renewing dementia research
TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society of Canada welcomes
the Federal Government's commitment to renew health research to tackle
the growing onset of dementia and related diseases, as outlined in the
Speech from the Throne.
"The Alzheimer Society is pleased that the Government of Canada
recognizes dementia as an important issue," says Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO,
Alzheimer Society of Canada. "The Throne Speech also demonstrates their
commitment to finding solutions that will benefit Canadians and their
families facing this fatal disease."
Close to 750,000 Canadians have dementia today. This number is expected
to reach 1.4 million by 2031, with costs rising to $293 billion per
year by 2040. With an aging demographic and with dim prospects for a
cure, dementia will continue to drain our economy and stretch our
The Alzheimer Society also applauds the Government's commitment to
improve the caregiver tax credit which will help provide relief to
caregivers who currently spend up to 444 million unpaid hours per year
looking after a family member with dementia.
In September, the Alzheimer Society of Canada called on the Government
to establish the Canadian Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Partnership,
with a mandate to 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
"We know from a recent Nanos survey that 83 per cent of Canadians want a
national dementia strategy. Our pledge to Canadians and families living
with this disease is to make sure their voices are heard. We will
continue to work with our government partners to ensure this happens."
For more information about the Canadian Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Partnership, visit Alzheimer.ca/alzheimerspartnership.
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 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.
SOURCE: Alzheimer Society of Canada
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