Fall is a spectacular time of year in Ontario! The leaves begin to change and despite the air getting a bit cooler, time spent with family and friends makes it clear that this time of year is full of warmth.
This season of Thanksgiving we are reminded of how grateful we are for our family of supporters at Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Whether you have supported us through an event, are a monthly donor, subscribe to our blog, volunteer, have remembered us in your Will or have #RaisedAMug for Alzheimer’s – WE THANK YOU!
Your generosity helps to change the lives of 564,000 people across Ontario affected by dementia. Our province is home to world-leading researchers working to halt or treat this disease. Others are finding ways, both practical and inventive, to improve quality of life for caregivers.
Here are some of the ways you have impacted Alzheimer’s research.
Unlocking the mysteries of the brain
Since 1989, we’ve awarded more than $50 million in grants to researchers across Canada through the Alzheimer Society Research Program.
Over the duration of the program, these researchers have helped to:
- Identify potential new drugs to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease
- Develop techniques to distinguish different forms of dementia using neuroimaging, enabling more targeted treatments for people with dementia
- Show how diet and other lifestyle choices may delay the disease
- Develop technologies to enhance the quality of life, care and safety for people affected by the disease
- Improve care delivery in the community and in long-term care settings
Meet a Researcher
Thanks to support from our donors and the Alzheimer Society Research Program, Dr. Frank Rudzicz, is currently developing artificial intelligence software to help people with dementia that experience difficulty communicating with others.
Dr. Rudzicz has designed voice-based software to “converse” with a person and assess their speech for this language disability and for language problems associated with memory loss. Pilot tests show it gives accurate and early diagnoses.
Changes in the brain resulting in dementia begin up to 25 years before most symptoms appear. Rudzicz thinks his software could help catch those changes early so people can get treatment at this stage.
This incredible research and others like that being done by Dr. Rudzicz would not be possible without you. Thank you again for your wonderful support!