Government of Canada invests in projects that raise dementia awareness and promote dementia-inclusive communities

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Understanding dementia, overcoming stigma and reducing risk factors

OTTAWA (ON), January 30, 2022 /CNW/ – More than a third of Canadians say they would feel uncomfortable telling their employer, neighbors or other members of their community of a diagnosis of dementia. This finding highlights the stigma surrounding dementia, which can influence how others see people with dementia and how they see themselves. With nearly 452,000 Canadians living with dementia, it is a challenge that many Canadians continue to face every day.

Today, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, accompanied by the Member for Outremont, Rachel Bendayanannounced more than $1.8 million in the financing of three projects in Quebec. These projects, which support the implementation of from Canada National Dementia Strategy, will raise awareness of dementia with a focus on reducing risk and stigma and improving the quality of life for people with dementia and caregivers.

The Collegial Center of Expertise in Gerontology of Drummondville will receive up to $378,597 in funding to identify best practices for stigma reduction and dementia-inclusive communities that will be used as the basis for videos and online training to raise awareness and improve understanding of dementia among the general population and first responders in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Lucilab, based in Montrealwill receive up to $716,000 to produce a national coaching app to educate at-risk Canadians between the ages of 45 and 70 about dementia risk factors and motivate them to adopt healthier lifestyle habits with ongoing support from tele-counsellors. The app will focus on exercise, nutrition and cognitive engagement, and will be available in both official languages ​​on smartphones, tablets and computers.

McGill university will receive up to $758,430 adapt and grow from McGill University existing bilingual dementia education program in the current COVID-19 context, using a virtual learning platform to educate and support family care partners/friends of people with dementia. from McGill University The dementia education program will reach various communities in Montrealas well as remote rural communities Quebec.

Nationally, the Public Health Agency of Canada (ASPC) funds these projects through the Dementia Strategic Fund (DSF) as well as the Dementia Community Investment (DCI). DSF and DCI projects will cover a wide range of topics, including raising awareness of dementia, reducing the risk of developing dementia, addressing stigma, encouraging dementia-inclusive communities, and improving lives. people with dementia and those of their family, friends and carers.

Our government is committed $50 million over 5 years to support the implementation of the key elements of from Canada first national dementia strategy, A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together we aspire.

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“Many Canadians are or will be affected by dementia due to a personal diagnosis or that of a loved one. That’s why we strive to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia while improving understanding of the disease and its risk factors. With this funding, we are taking an important step towards promoting healthy aging and creating more inclusive and supportive communities for people with dementia, their families and caregivers. »

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
health Minister

Dementia, and in particular Alzheimer’s disease, has and continues to have a significant impact on Canadian families. The federal government is there to fund innovative projects on the ground in our communities to bring both awareness and solutions to Canadians across the country. Incredibly proud that we are here to support Lucilab and their important work to educate Canadians about the risk factors for dementia and motivate everyone to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

Rachel Bendayan
deputy of Outremont

Fast facts

  • In Canadabetween April 2017 and March 2018, nearly 452,000 people over the age of 65 were living with diagnosed dementia. We expect the number of people with dementia to increase as from Canada population ages.
  • Only half of Canadians say they are comfortable interacting with someone with dementia.
  • A quarter of Canadians are unaware that steps can be taken to reduce their risk of developing dementia.

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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

For further information: Contacts: Marie-France Proulx, Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, 613-957-0200; Public Inquiries: 613-957-2991, 1-866-225-0709; Media Relations, Public Health Agency of Canada, 613-957-2983, [email protected]; Public information COVID-19: 1-833-784-4397

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