Alzheimer Society receives $1 million gift on World Alzheimer's Day

    TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Today on World Alzheimer's Day, the Alzheimer
Society of Canada is pleased to announce its receipt of a $1 million legacy
    This donation, the largest single legacy gift in the Society's history,
will be used to help fund critical Alzheimer research, as well as support
other important programs and services. The funds were left to the Alzheimer
Society of Canada through the will of an Ottawa resident, who witnessed the
devastating effects Alzheimer's disease had on those in her community and
wanted to make a difference.
    "We continue to be humbled by the generosity of Canadians, and are
particularly grateful for the thoughtfulness behind this very important gift,"
says Scott Dudgeon, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of
Canada. "Legacy giving is a very satisfying and meaningful way for people to
make a difference. It is within reach of everyone, regardless of their
economic status, and can be done in a way that doesn't impact their lifestyle,
or that of their family."
    A portion of the funds will be used to support the Alzheimer Society's
Research Program. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2007/08, the research
program helps support some of the country's best and brightest minds find
answers in prevention, treatments, and most importantly, a cure.
    "We know that research remains the key to a cure, but there is still much
work to be done," adds Dudgeon. "We need the support of both the Canadian
public, as well as the Federal Government, in order to ensure enough dollars
are being spent on this very important work."
    With this in mind, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is calling on the
federal government to make dementia a national health priority by sponsoring
the development of a Canadian Dementia Management Strategy. The strategy would
include key issues such as research, prevention, diagnosis, improved
treatment, improved care and care for caregivers.
    The Society is also calling on Canadians to let their voice be heard by
becoming an Alzheimer advocate at By joining together with
the Society, people can be part of a powerful tool for change, working to
create a future without Alzheimer's disease.

    For more information on Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer Society or our
advocacy campaign, please visit

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