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Open letter from CCNA’s Scientific Director to the Minister of Health

The following letter was sent to the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott by the CCNA’s Scientific Director, Dr. Howard Chertkow   RE: Canada Needs a Greater Investment in Dementia Research   As the Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), I am writing to echo Senators Art Eggleton and Kelvin…

Driving Retirement and Dementia: Does Sex Matter?

For many older adults, being licensed to drive and having access to a vehicle are associated with mobility and independence. Set against this backdrop, driving retirement tends to be viewed as losing a privilege, losing the ability to move about freely, and being reliant on others to meet transportation needs.   While significant, individual feelings…

The Brain Health Food Guide: How to Lower your Risk of Dementia

“Up to 50% of the cases of Alzheimer’s disease may be the result of diet and lifestyle. This means that we have a real opportunity to lower the burden of dementias in the Canadian population through improving diet, exercise, and lifestyle.” Dr. Carol Greenwood “Whether we like it or not, our couch potato lifestyles are…

Is Canada investing enough in dementia research?

As a researcher and neurologist who treats people with dementia, I feel their frustration when I tell them there is no cure and that the drugs we can prescribe are of limited value. Throughout my career, I’ve supported research into dementia therapeutics, which promises to improve quality of life for those living with dementia by…

“Paving the way to Precision Medicine for people with dementia”

“The significance of vascular health to the public can’t be overstated: It may be the only modifiable degenerative condition leading to dementia.” Dr. Eric Smith Over the past 10 years, dementia researchers have established that vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is common in the brains of older people, accounting for up to 33% of the risk…