Category: Featured Ideas

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,…

Melissa Andrew Helps Reveal the True Face of Dementia

Two people with similar brain changes that may give rise to dementia can have very different disease manifestations… we think that a holistic understanding of overall health and social environments will contribute to solving this puzzle. Dr. Melissa Andrew   There is a pattern that is “unmistakeable” in the clinic, and yet unexamined in studies and…

A National Dementia Strategy would enable more Personalized Care

“My hope is that – as chairman of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues program of the CCNA – I can facilitate the interaction between the CCNA and the future federal government to develop a national plan against dementia.”  Dr. Serge Gauthier   It’s not just about funding. Providing better diagnostic services and supports for…

Can Resistance to Alzheimer’s disease be Built?

“Hopefully – through the ‘intelligent’ leisure activities we develop – we can help individuals to build the kind of cognitive reserve that we know is protective against Alzheimer’s disease.” – Dr. Sylvie Belleville   Despite having no symptoms prior to death, some people end up dying with brains riddled with Alzheimer’s pathology. How do we…

Discovery: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s disease, licensed by Emergent BioSolutions

“This discovery… speaks to the possibility that we could develop a human vaccine that would prevent Alzheimer’s disease. You know, get your immunization at 50, and perhaps prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. It’s a very exciting prospect now.”  – Dr. Neil Cashman   Next week, international investigators, health care professionals, and industry organizations…