Support Mother Parkers in their quest for a cure for Alzheimers disease
Today, 747,000 Canadians have Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities.
The impact of the disease on families and caregivers is devastating. A quarter of all family caregivers are seniors themselves; a third of them are older than 75. Alzheimer's disease is the most significant social and health crisis of the 21st century. Without fundamental changes in research funding and service delivery, it has the potential to overwhelm Canadian families and our burdened health-care system.
About the Alzheimer Society:
Since 1978, the Alzheimer Society has been dedicated to providing help for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Active in communities right across Canada, the Alzheimer Society is the leading not-for-profit health organization working to advance the search for the cause and cure and improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) provides Training Awards and Research Grants with the overall objective of supporting Canadian studies that promise new insights into causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimers disease and other dementias.
How research can help:
Canadian researchers supported by the ASRP have made major advances, including discoveries related to genetic causes of the disease. While new developments are encouraging, there is still an urgent need to increase support for Alzheimers research. This is a devastating disease, for those living it, those caring for people with dementia and to the family and friends who endure alongside them.
The magnitude of the Higgins's generosity is a significant boost to our research efforts. This is a fantastic time in brain research. With this gift, our best and brightest minds can continue to explore exciting avenues in the diagnosis, prevention and a cure for this disease. Were extremely grateful to Mother Parkers and all those who generously gave to the campaign.
Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada
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