Health care innovators will be able to translate their ideas into prototypes to help Canadians living with dementia
OTTAWA, Feb. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Two out of three Canadians have a friend or family member affected by dementia. Quality of life for those living with dementia and their caregivers can be improved greatly through innovative approaches to support.
The Spark program supports the advancement of innovative ideas from concept to practice in the field of aging and brain health. Specific target areas include reducing emergency department visits, preventing falls, and supporting aging at home.
The Minister of Health also announced funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for four new projects to study and identify effective ways to promote social inclusion for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
The Government of Canada continues to support research and engage partners from a range of sectors to harness technological and social innovations to accelerate early detection, enhance quality of life, and support greater independence for those affected.
Quotes"Our Government is committed to supporting research in health so that we can help improve the quality of life of Canadians affected by dementia. The work of the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, and the Spark innovators, will lead to improved support for Canadians with dementia." The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"I congratulate the recipients of Spark funding and I look forward to seeing their innovative concepts scaled-up so that the prototypes may benefit and improve the lives of Canadians living with dementia." Dr. Theresa TamInterim Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
"The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, spearheaded by Baycrest, is funding innovative solutions by point-of-care workers who are directly involved in providing care to the aging population. We look forward to seeing the impact these funding recipients will make with their innovative ideas." Dr. William E. Reichman President & CEO of Baycrest Health Sciences
"As a priority of CIHR's Dementia Research Strategy, we aim to improve the quality of life of Canadians living with dementia and their caregivers. We are pleased to be partnering with the Alzheimer Society of Canada to support these research projects that will help identify effective ways of improving how our society can better include people living with dementia and their caregivers as one way of enhancing their quality of life."Dr. Yves JoanetteScientific Director, CIHR Institute of Aging
"The Alzheimer Society looks forward to collaborating with our partners in supporting new and novel research that will help remove social barriers that individuals with dementia and their carers often face in their daily lives. We also congratulate the Spark recipients as they apply innovation and technology in identifying new ways to improve brain health and care delivery and enhance the quality of life for all those impacted by dementia."Debbie BenczkowskiChief Operating Officer, Alzheimer Society of Canada
Related LinksSpark program Vision for a Healthy Canada CIHR investment of four research projects
Associated Links Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Baycrest Health SciencesCanadian Institutes of Health Research Alzheimer Society of Canada
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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