Canada is not investing enough in dementia research


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  1. Denyse Lynch

    January 25, 2017 PBS AIRED A PROGRAM ON THE ALZHEIMER’S CRISIS … ONE DOCTOR COMMENTED HE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE PUBLIC ISN’T IN PANIC OVER THIS EPIDEMIC. IT AFFECTS ALL OF US – HUSBANDS, WIVES, PARTNERS, CHILDREN, GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS, RELATIVES, ENEMIES – WHERE IS EVERYONE ? HAVE WE BECOME THE FROG IN THE POT OF WATER THAT IS SLOWLY HEATING UP AND WE JUST HAVE LOST MINDFULNESS?

    • D.Bramner

      Hello Dennis
      I have a form of dementia known as reversible. Unfortunately the timeline, when one is a senior, between reversible and death is unattainable. I won’t go into details but the simple answer to your plea for sanity is our health care is rationed. Seniors get the smallest ration. Perhaps you have heard about our talks on ending our lives. This is not idle talk.

  2. D.Bramner

    What study is this? I have dementia and would like to participate. Where can I get information?

  3. Timothy Hudson

    More money is needed, yes. And some, perhaps, for research. However, increasing funding to carers directly for respite, increasing education to the medical professionals dealing with cognitive decline and those afflicted by it, and increasing education directly to carers in the community would make an infinitely larger, concrete and immediate difference to the lives of everyone dealing with ALL cognitive decline issues.

    There is a woefully inadequate system in place for the newly diagnosed, and — honestly — there is nothing that indicates a cure to any of the three most common forms of dementia is anywhere on the near-term-horizon: so while working towards a cure is noble, dealing with the immediate effects is infinitely more important.

    As anyone who’s had a loved one suffer from dementia, and witnessed the incomparable burden on the primary carer and any family involved will acknowledge, no amount PR on expensive “promising” research and drug studies could ever compare with having better education about how to deal with these conditions, and navigate the medical system, as well as a few hours of respite regularly from a knowledgeable carer.

    Towards a brighter future with the most effectively distributed funding. Timothy Hudson.

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