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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…

The Need for Priority Setting in Dementia Research

 A Q&A with James Lind Alliance (JLA) project coordinator, Jennifer Bethell 1) How does the James Lind Alliance help advance dementia research? The James Lind Alliance (JLA) brings together patients, care partners and clinicians in what they call “priority setting partnerships,” which aim to identify and prioritize questions for research on a particular health topic….

Responding to the Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia: We Must do Better

“For many people with dementia, their behavior is more challenging to grapple with than the diagnosis itself.” Dr. Nathan Herrmann Dementia can colour one’s thoughts, emotions, attitudes, movements, and perceptions of reality… Affecting nearly 90% of all long-term care residents living with dementia, behavioural symptoms (BSD) can take the form of wandering, repetitive questioning, bouts…

Building Capacity in Rural Care: A Critical Need for People with Dementia

“Despite having a higher proportion of adults over age 65 than cities, rural areas have fewer primary health care, specialist and support services available.” Dr. Debra Morgan There’s a critical need for better primary health care (PHC) in rural areas for people with dementia. Despite having a higher proportion of adults over the age of 65,…