Expert Alert - Alzheimer's: Who's taking care of the caregiver?

    CIHR experts discuss the caregiver's health in light of Alzheimer's
    Awareness Month

    OTTAWA, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - About 300,000 Canadians over 65 suffer
from Alzheimer's disease, and 17% of Canadians have someone with the disease
in their family, according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. People who
suffer from Alzheimer's usually receive long-term help and support from
caregivers. But who is taking care of these caregivers? Researchers are
finding ways to help caregivers stay mentally and physically healthy, overcome
their challenges, and better understand the disease.
    Several experts from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
are available to comment on different aspects related to the health issues
experienced by caregivers of Alzheimer's patients on January 13.


    Preventing distress in Alzheimer's caregivers
    Dr. Francine Ducharme, CIHR-funded researcher at the Institut
    universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (Montréal)

    Remembering the good times: Participating in activities that enhance
    quality time with the patient
    Dr. Helene Carbonneau, CIHR-funded researcher at the Université du Québec
    à Trois-Rivières (Trois-Rivières)

    Helping someone with dementia without losing your own mind! - Things you
    should know about the disease
    Dr. Rémi Quirion, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of
    Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (Montréal)

    How much is too much? Examining the physical health consequences faced by
    Alzheimer's caregivers
    Dr. Michel Bédard, CIHR-funded researcher at Lakehead University (Thunder

    Falling when you're supporting your loved one: Understanding your limits
    Dr. Jaime Williams, CIHR-funded researcher at the University of Regina

    Use of medications in the Alzheimer's disease population: Physician and
    caregiver perspectives
    Dr. Mark Oremus, CIHR-funded researcher at McMaster University (Hamilton)

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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