Federal Candidates Asked to Consider Dementia this World Alzheimer's Day

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - As the Alzheimer Society prepares to join
hundreds of countries across the globe in recognition of World Alzheimer's Day
this Sunday, Canada's federal election candidates are being asked to show
their support by recognizing dementia as a national health priority.
    With approximately half a million Canadians affected by dementia, or one
in every 13 over the age of 65, this is more than just an important health
concern. This disease has the potential to overwhelm our social and health
care systems if fundamental changes are not made in research funding and care
    "This World Alzheimer's Day, we need to ensure the future government
leaders of our country are aware of this potential health care crisis, and
that they commit to helping make dementia a national health care priority,"
says Scott Dudgeon, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of
Canada. "It is time for Canada to put in place the same concrete measures and
policies as countries like the USA, Australia the UK and France."
    World Alzheimer's Day will be celebrated across the globe this Sunday,
September 21. Alzheimer's Disease International, an organization at the
forefront of world wide efforts to fight dementia, will be marking the day by
releasing a charter adopted by its 77 member organizations, including the
Alzheimer Society of Canada. The charter calls for immediate action to address
the dementia epidemic, or face a global public health and social care
emergency. For more information on the charter, visit www.globalcharter.org
    Today is also the launch of the Alzheimer Society's nationwide Coffee
Break(TM) fundraiser. This year, to mark the 13th anniversary of this
grassroots campaign, the Society is hoping to raise $1.3 million to support
critical programs and services for people with Alzheimer's disease, their
caregivers and their families.

    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, an organization at the forefront of world wide efforts to fight
    For more information on the Alzheimer Society, our election campaign,
World Alzheimer's Day or Coffee Break, please visit www.alzheimer.ca

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Relations, Office: 1-800-616-8816 or (416) 847-2959, Mobile: (416) 669-5715,

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