Response to Conservative's Announcement Regarding Funding for Major Study on Neurological Diseases



    Alzheimer Society welcomes $15 million funding promise

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The Alzheimer Society welcomes yesterday's
announcement by the Conservative Party of Canada that they will work with
Canada's major neurological charities, and provide $15 million for a four-year
study of Canadians affected by illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease.
    Alzheimer's and related diseases affect approximately 500,000 Canadians,
or 1 in every 13 people over the age of 65. As our population ages, these
numbers are going to increase substantially. This is more than just an
important health concern, Alzheimer's and related diseases have the potential
to overwhelm the health care system if fundamental changes are not made in
research funding and care delivery.
    "We welcome yesterday's announcement, and are pleased to see this
important health issue being discussed in the context of a federal election
platform," says Scott Dudgeon, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
"Following the election, we look forward to engaging all federal
parliamentarians in this critical discussion of neurological diseases, and
their impact on Canadian Society."
    The Alzheimer Society is a member of the Neurological Health Charities of
Canada (NHCC), a collective of organizations that represent people with
chronic, often progressive, brain diseases, disorders and injuries in Canada.
Together, with these partners, the Society is advocating to all
parliamentarians to consider the magnitude of neurological diseases, and their
impact on Canadian Society, while there is still time.

    The Alzheimer Society is the leading, nationwide health organization for
people affected by dementia in Canada. The Society is a principal funder of
Alzheimer research and training, provides enhanced care and support to people
with the disease, their families and their caregivers, and is a prominent
voice within all levels of government. Active in more than 140 communities
across Canada, the Society is also a key player in Alzheimer Disease
International, at the forefront of world wide efforts to fight dementia.





For further information:

For further information: Patricia Wilkinson, Manager, Media & Government
Relations, Office: 1-800-616-8816 or (416) 847-2959, Mobile: (416) 669-5715,
pwilkinson@alzheimer.ca


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